Resist the Tests 2016

Welcome! This page lists standardized test resistance, refusal and reform actions and events by state. These include opting out, public forums and meetings, rallies, news conferences, legislative action days, and more.

If you have an action or event to share, let us know at fairtest@fairtest.org and we will post it here.

You can use the hashtags #resistthetests and #optout2016 to post your actions on Facebook and Twitter.

Protests against standardized testing misuse and overuse have exploded across the nation and will escalate in 2016. The movement has already won victories, with some states reversing high-stakes policies and reducing testing. But we need to keep up the pressure for larger wins. The Testing Resistance and Reform network of local, state and national groups fights for assessment that helps all students succeed in a high-quality education. We unite around three goals:

  1. Stop high-stakes use of standardized tests;
  2. Reduce the number of standardized exams, saving time and money for real learning; and
  3. Replace the mostly-multiple-choice tests with performance-based assessments and evidence of learning from students’ ongoing classwork.

Need help with resistance questions or issues? For a list of FairTest and United Opt Out state contacts, see http://www.fairtest.org/get_involved/state_resources

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Events and Actions by State, beginning March 15, 2016  

  • Alabama
     
  • Alaska
     
  • Arizona
     
  • Arkansas
     
  • California
     
  • Colorado
     
  • Connecticut
     
  • Delaware
     
  • Florida
     
  • For more information, see https://theoptoutfloridanetwork.wordpress.com/
    • PAST FL EVENTS

      • March 28 - Winter Haven. Community Forum at 1251 Jim Keene Blvd. 6:30 PM. Send questions in advance to testing@theledger.com.
         

  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
     
  • Idaho
     
  • Illinois
     
  • For Chicago information, see http://morethanascorechicago.org/
    • PAST IL EVENTS:

      • Chicago area - "Let's Talk Testing" public meetings: Avondale (3/18), Oak Park (3/21), Bridgeport (3/22), North Center (3/23), Belmont-Cragin (3/26), Rogers Park (3/28) and St. James Presbyterian Church, 6554 N Rockwell (March 28).  For more information: info@morethanascorechicago.org ; 413-3OPTOUT
        [For updates, see http://morethanascorechicago.org/2016/02/25/lets-talk-testing-2/]
      • More than 70% of 8th graders at Addams on the SE side refused PARCC April 1
        #optout #boycottPARCC #ShutItDown
         

  • Indiana
     
  • Iowa
     
  • Kansas
     
  • Kentucky
     
  • Louisiana
     
  • Maine
     
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
     
  • For more resources, see http://www.citizensforpublicschools.org/less-testing-more-learning-ma-campaign/
    • May 17, Boston, student walkout at 1:00 PM, to City Hall at 2. One of 4 demands is an end to high-stakes testing.
       

    • May 22 - student led protest organized by 4th graders, in Harvard Square, Cambridge. Meet at 10 AM at G&P playground, 44 Linnean St., to make signs, then march to Harvard Square by T-stop. All welcome.

       
       

    • MA PAST EVENTS
      • March 16, Cambridge, Education Forum
      • March 30, Boston, "Take the Test" Day, organized by YOUNG for legislators and others, hourly testing 10-4, State House, Rm 511.

      • March 30 - New Bedford Library, Testing - Opt Out - Public Education Discussion - 613 Pleasant St., 6:30 - 8:30 PM; more info, Ricardo Rosa: ricardorosa1973@yahoo.com

      • April 2, Ludlow, Opt Out Meeting, Hubbard Memorial Library, 10 AM till 12 noon.

      • Tuesday, April 5th Hingham, Opt Out informational meeting, Sons of Italy Hall, 88 Chief Justice Cushing Hwy, 7-8 PM; teachers from four or more towns among participants/presenters.

      • April 7, Q&A on testing, Ludlow Community Center, 91 Claudias Way, Ludlow
         
      • April 9, Lynn Tech annex - Lynn Teachers & MA Ed Justice Alliance event includes workshops on testing; 9-3, testing workshops before lunch; see https://www.facebook.com/events/929242453864134/
         
      • April 12, Norton - Mass Teachers Assn meeting at Norton Middle School, 6:30 - 7:30.
         
      • Tuesday, April 26 at 6 p.m.  Community discussion on public schools, the charter cap and testing, at the LTC Center, 246 Market St. Lowell, MA 01852.
  • Michigan
     
  • Minnesota
     
  • Mississippi
    • April 7 -  Greenville, MS  Assn. of Educators: ESSA Parent & Community Meeting 6-7:30 PM, 712 McAllister St., Greenville, MS 
       

  • Missouri
     
  • Montana
     
  • Nebraska
     
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
     
  • New Jersey
     
  • For more resources, see http://www.saveourschoolsnj.org/refusing-parcc-test
    • May 4, rally and testimony at state board of education against use of PARCC test for graduation - 50,000 have not yet passed; by New Jersey Kids and Families; http://njkidsandfamilies.org/.
       

    • May 20, Rutgers Research Conference on "School Reform, Communities, and Social Justice." Open to public, limited space. More info at http://tinyurl.com/edreformandsocialjustice
       
    • NJ PAST EVENTS
  • New Mexico
    • April 14, forum on testing with Jesse Hagopian (More than a Score) and others, 6 PM, Santa Fe Higher Education Center 1950 Siringo Road
       

  • New York
  • North Carolina
     
  • North Dakota
     
  • Ohio
     
  • Oklahoma
     
  • Oregon
    • OREGON PAST EVENTS
      • Monday March 28, Mythbusting the "Facts" About Public Education, Ford Alumni Center, University of Oregon, Room 202

         

  • Pennsylvania
     
  • Rhode Island
     
  • South Carolina
     
  • South Dakota
     
  • Tennessee
    • TN PAST EVENTS

      • March 11 – 223 students (41%) opt out at Normal Park School, Chattanooga
         

  • Texas
  • Utah
     
  • Vermont
     
  • Virginia
     
  • Washington
  • West Virginia