My how things change.

I do remember those days around 2010 when opting out of standardized tests was considered the most radical thing one can do. Foolish, silly, self-destructive.

And now, not so much.

How much farther would the movement have been if support for the strategy came on day one?

At this point, my views on opting out of tests have evolved well beyond, what I see, as the overall usefulness of the strategy. There is an overwhelming conversation about the act itself without attending to the actual development of an alternative vision of teaching.

Additionally, I still don’t see a lot of evidence that the strategy is reaching low-income schools. I don’t think it will connect with parents and families in low-income communities. Or, it hasn’t connected in any significant way.

But I do remember those days.

As organizations jumble and revise their official positions, remember those who tried to stifle you in the past. Forgive, cooperate, but never forget those who told you that, for instance, opting out was a great and radical evil. Remember those who called you crazy, passionate with no sense, and tried to tease you into submission, […]

As testing season is upon us, we’ve got a couple of recent, special episodes on the subject of opting out or refusing state testing. In the few years we’ve been covering this issue, this is the first time, at least to my knowledge that, one, massive opt outs are occurring, two, they’re being covered extensively, […]