Opt out fever catches in eastern Washington!

This has been a big week for the opt out movement in eastern Washington! Both Spokane and the Tri-Cities are experiencing surges in test refusals. Federal law (No Child Left Behind) requires at least 95% participation in state testing (MSP/HSPE, EOCs, and SBAC)  in order for a test sample to be considered valid. In this data-fed system of punishments to schools, teachers, and students, withholding that data by opting out of state testing is the simplest and most effective way to voice your objection and bring that system to a screeching halt.

The Kennewick School District has received 120 documented opt outs, and hundreds more students simply didn’t show up on test day. KSD hopes more students show up to next portion of the exam

Southridge High School in Kennewick is seeing 70% of their students opting out of the Smarter Balanced Assessment! Parents opting students out of state school testing

Opt out fever is catching in Spokane, too, where even teachers are beginning to speak out. Don’t test me

How the state will respond to the opt out movement remains to be seen, but one thing is clear. Parents and teachers want an end to high-stakes testing. Join the movement!

Tri-Cities Wa Citizens Against Common Core on Facebook.

Spokane Wa Against Common Core on Facebook.

Find more information about opting out of state testing here.  You may be asked by your school to turn in a state testing refusal form. Although it’s not required, you can find that form here.

3 thoughts on “Opt out fever catches in eastern Washington!

  1. Let’s see the western side and eastern sides of Washington State join forces and send a clear message to Randy Dorn, OSPI and our legislature: SBA and CCSS need to go! Performance-based, teacher-generated assessments, child-centered learning, adequate time for play/recess and lunch, the arts and community involvement in our schools is what we need!

  2. Awesome!!! Randy Dorn will never change his game — he is too entrenched in the Council of Chief State School Officers, whose number one mission is Common Core and the associated standardized tests. http://www.ccsso.org/Who_We_Are/Board_of_Directors.html The State of Washington and CCSSO are addicted to Gates money. http://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Quick-Links/Grants-Database#q/k=council%20of%20chiefs Parents have to lead this and demand change or sit out.

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