Oh, if we had a penny for each…!
Parents across New York State are using their smartphone to make a smart decision, REFUSE THE TESTS. By entering a school name, their information and what tests they are refusing their children to take, parents can spend less than a minute to help change a broken system and invalidate these standardized tests.
Originally the optthemout.com was only for NYC schools, a district that only had roughly 7,900 opt outs in 2015. More than 250,000 opted out across New York state. More and more parents from places like West Babylon, Port Jefferson, and Schenectady were emailing UFT Solidarity asking us to expand. We got to work and our programmer came through. All New York States were included based on a list acquired from NYSED. We also translated the site to Spanish and have passed leaflets out to various parts of NYC with low opt out numbers, such as Stapleton, Staten Island.
Occasionally parents email firstname.lastname@example.org to suggest edits to our database, such as a new principal’s email or school that wasn’t on the list. We quickly make the changes and
We launched the site just for NYC back in September 2015 and it was immediately picked up by Washington Post reporter Valerie Strauss in her column ‘Answer Sheet’.
We thank the many parent and educator groups that have paved the way to make opt-out/refusal a reality and look forward to working alongside them on this initiative. Let’s increase the number of refusals and invalidate these tests.
Please also see this video from 2010 that helped pave the road for more testing. See what they said about tests 6 years ago.
Visit NYSAPE.org for more information on test refusals.