Are Teachers OK With Opt-Outs?

Are Teachers OK With Opt-Outs? While still proportionately small, the standardized testing opt-out movement has gained prominence this spring, with many parents in some areas deciding to pull their students from common-core-aligned assessments, due to concerns about overtesting and the uses of the results. As a teacher, how do you feel about the opt-out movement? In your view, is it helping or hurting in terms of bringing attention to important issues teaching and learning? Has it impacted your work to any degree? How has standardized testing in general—or the backlash against it—affected your school's culture and your approach to instruction?

The opt-out movement is right to call for a richer, more authentic learning experience. It's wrong to stay silent on the educational inequality that makes testing necessary, Cristina Duncan Evans say.

Public school educators have knowledge and expertise that should be welcomed into policy debates, says Deb McCarthy, and that means the teaching profession benefits from the opt-out movement.

There is a frightening new sentiment in the education world these days that it is OK for students to pick and choose what they participate in, Marika Heughins argues.

If the opt-out movement can shed light and focus attention on the injustices public schools face, Bill Ivey says, then he is 100 percent in support of it.

Opting out is a passive response that hopes to incite change through causing inconvenience, rather than driving meaningful reform, Ken Mattingly writes.

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