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.

United Opt Out National releases its full Declaration of Independence. Here’s what you need to share with everyone: The entire post and introduction to the Declaration; The full-text of UOO’s Declaration in PDF; State by State opt-out or test refusal guides; The Official Get Tough Guide for Education Activism; A short teaser trailer for the Declaration; […]

A music educator gives a nice presentation via song at the graduation ceremony for Williamsville East High School in suburban Western New York. Please bear with the video, the first part is a little blurry.  Song starts around one minute mark. Lyrics: Is it an A, or a B, or a C, or a D? […]