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Refuse NYS Tests—It Will NOT Hurt Your School!

The biggest concern I hear is without a doubt the fear that opting out will hurt a school financially. This fear is what keeps parents on the fence about refusing the upcoming NYS tests in grades 3-8, which start on … Continue reading

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Educational Forum at Sherburne-Earlville high school

Video of the educational forum at Sherburne-Earlville high school: Intro. by Julie Bigger of SECS Parent Advocate Group. Betsy Bloom at 4:20 “How We Got Here” Ken Sider at 11:35 “Teacher’s Perspective & Modules” Kjersti VanSlyke at 27:40 “InBloom & data collection” Carol … Continue reading

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free screening of the documentary “Standardized”

The New York State grades 3 -8 testing in math and English Language Arts will begin on April 1st. In response to parent concerns regarding this series of standardized testing, the Oneonta Area for Public Education will co-host a film … Continue reading

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Why opt out?

In my previous post, I explained (the shortened, less complicated version) what opting out is. In this post, I will publish an adaptation of my opt-out speech from the Nov. 6 education forum where I tried to articulate why opting … Continue reading

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What is opting out?

What is Opting Out? Opting out is refusing to participate in state- or district mandated testing. Opting out is an act of civil disobedience. Opting out is a boycott of excessive standardized testing. Opting out sends an important message to … Continue reading

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What tests will your children be taking?

Before my son started Pre-K last year, testing was the last thing on my mind.  It never occurred to me that tests would be involved in his education this early on.  Having little experience with education nowadays (my son is … Continue reading

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