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Guest Column: How the 'opt-out' movement continues to grow

Guest Column: How the 'opt-out' movement continues to grow | Opt Out Information | Scoop.it
Those who support testing contend that facing tests are a part of life. To do otherwise is considered weak, and represents a failure to develop the “grit” necessary to fully engage in life’s challenges.
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A Néw Way for Néw York?

A Néw Way for Néw York? | Opt Out Information | Scoop.it
Several superintendents in Long Island, Néw York, hope to find a path out of the morass created by Néw York State's authoritarian Board of Regents, which loves high-stakes testing. Here is a commen...
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Education experts also oppose Core

Education experts also oppose Core | Opt Out Information | Scoop.it
In the Empire State, education commissioner John King infamously declared parents and concerned citizens opposed to the Core "special interests." Hoover Institution Senior Fellow Eric Hanushek, a well-known education economist and supporter of...
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Schoolbook - Note to Test Designers: Bad Questions are not the Same as Hard Questions

Schoolbook - Note to Test Designers: Bad Questions are not the Same as Hard Questions | Opt Out Information | Scoop.it
A teacher who proctored the fifth-grade state tests this spring says they were hard but not for the reason people may think.
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Statement by Senator Zeldin Regarding Today’s Release of New State Education Test Scores | New York State Senate

Statement by Senator Zeldin Regarding Today’s Release of New State Education Test Scores | New York State Senate | Opt Out Information | Scoop.it
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 "Today’s release of testing scores is absolutely nothing to celebrate or attempt to spin.  It’s evidence of an educational system failing to properly prepare students for success in life.  The poor scores are indicative of improper implementation of Common Core.  Our students are not guinea pigs and this experiment needs to stop until and only if the many flaws can be corrected."

Finallly a voice of reason

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Schools seeing students ‘opting out’ of state exams - Riverhead News Review

Schools seeing students ‘opting out’ of state exams - Riverhead News Review | Opt Out Information | Scoop.it
Schools seeing students ‘opting out’ of state exams - Riverhead News Review
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Moving Ahead With Common Core

Moving Ahead With Common Core | Opt Out Information | Scoop.it
Test scores will fall at first in schools where the new and more rigorous state tests have been rolled out, but the long-term payoff is what matters.
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Eighth grader designs standardized test that slams standardized tests

Eighth grader designs standardized test that slams standardized tests | Opt Out Information | Scoop.it
The reading passage starts: 'Dear New York State, I am not fond of your tests. They do not show you who I am, or who my teachers are....'
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NYC Public School Parents: It's apparently the end of the line for inBloom, but not our fight to protect student privacy

NYC Public School Parents: It's apparently the end of the line for inBloom, but not our fight to protect student privacy | Opt Out Information | Scoop.it
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ELAfeedback - View Comments

ELAfeedback - View Comments | Opt Out Information | Scoop.it
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This is a collection of testimonies for last year's ELA test. You can sort by any grade level (or type of problem). It is very helpful to see what your child is up against - especially since it is from the adults in the room.

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Guest Spot: Board of Regents creating educational apartheid - Riverhead News Review

Guest Spot: Board of Regents creating educational apartheid - Riverhead News Review | Opt Out Information | Scoop.it
Guest Spot: Board of Regents creating educational apartheid - Riverhead News Review
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How Common Core is Slowly Changing My Child

How Common Core is Slowly Changing My Child | Opt Out Information | Scoop.it
A Letter to Commissioner King and the New York State Education Department:I have played your game for the past two years.  As an educator, I have created my teaching portfolio with enough evidence ...
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Leonie Haimson: Don't Believe the New York Scores

Leonie Haimson: Don't Believe the New York Scores | Opt Out Information | Scoop.it
Leonie Haimson, executive director of Class Size Matters and administrator of the New York City parents' blog, wrote this analysis of the new state test scores: Dear parents: As you may have probab...
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K-12 student database jazzes tech startups, spooks parents

K-12 student database jazzes tech startups, spooks parents | Opt Out Information | Scoop.it
In operation just three months, the database already holds files on millions of children identified by name, address and sometimes social security number. Learning disabilities are documented, test scores recorded, attendance noted.
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Cuomo, Common Core and Pearson-for-Profit

Cuomo, Common Core and Pearson-for-Profit | Opt Out Information | Scoop.it
According to the New York Times, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is "investigating whether the Pearson Foundation, the nonprofit arm of one of the nation's largest educational publishers, acted improperly to influence state education...
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Opt-Out of Testing? What Happens Next?

Opt-Out of Testing?  What Happens Next? | Opt Out Information | Scoop.it
Students are being asked to ignore us and we are being asked to force them to sit through testing when in our hearts, we, too, may question this testing program.
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Leadership 360 : The opionion of a principal

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New York ELA day 2 disaster #FAIL #Pearson #NYSED

New York ELA day 2 disaster #FAIL #Pearson #NYSED | Opt Out Information | Scoop.it
As I hear from educators at my school, baseball practice tonight, and via social media, today's Day 2 of the New York State ELA Assessment was an unmitigated disaster. From reports far and wide aro...
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