In the Media

2016

April 28: School testing: What are the consequences? – WJHG7 – Bay County
April 22: Movement to ‘opt out’ of standardized testing slow to grow in Miami-Dade schools – Miami Herald
April 14: Movement to opt out of state assessment tests on the rise – CBS12
April 13: Florida Education Association joins “Opt Out” discussion – WPTV – Palm Beach
April 7: Opt Out 101 – POLITICO Morning Education
April 6: Opt Out Orlando tackles testing, pushes for change – West Orange Observer (Excellent factual coverage)
April 6: East County parents sign off on Opt Out movement – Your Observer (Detailed information with links to resources)
April 3: Autistic boy shows up for standardized test with his service dog. Here’s what happened next – Washington Post
April 1: Testing Season Has Opt Out Proponents Hoping More Will Join – WFSU
March 31: Parents: Hernando Schools Are Threatening Students Who Opt Out of Exams – Tampa Bay Times
March 24: LCS to adopt ‘best practices’ for opting out of state tests – Tallahassee Democrat
March 14: Here’s How to Opt Your Kid Out of Florida Standardized Testing – Broward Palm Beach New Times
March 13: ‘Opt Out’ parent asks for new LCS policy to avoid testing confusion
March 9: Opting out’ a strong backlash to overzealous standardized testing – Bradenton Herald
March 4: Frustrated South Florida families opting out of state exams – Sun Sentinel
March 1: Some parents want children to opt out of FSA testing – Fox35
Feb 29: FSA testing: How many students will opt out this year? – Orlando Sentinel
Feb 17: Parents push for local ‘Opt Out’ movement – Tallahassee Democrat
Jan 31: The testing opt-out movement is growing, despite government efforts to kill it – Washington Post
Jan 4: Our opinion: Does Godby’s strategy benefit students? – Tallahassee Democrat

2015
Dec 19: How most Godby students got out of taking the state test – Tallahassee Democrat
Oct 28: Opt Out Movement to State Board of Ed: Get Rid of FSA – Sunshine State News
Oct 28: State Board of Ed Hears From Test Critics – WUSF
Oct 28: Standardized Testing Discussed in Orlando – Orlando 6
Oct 28: Parents and Teachers Speak Out About FSA Exam to State Board of Ed – WFTV 9
Oct 28: FSA Critics Demand Changes at Florida Education Meeting in Orlando – My News 13
Oct 28: Parents to Board of Education: Testing Makes Kids Suffer – Orlando Sentinel
Sept 26: Superintendents: No confidence in student testing system – News13
Sept 16: Pasco quarterly testing plan meets parent opposition – Tampa Bay Times
Sept 1: Study finds flaws in FL’s computerized testing, but state will use results anyway – Tampa Bay Times
Sept 1: Report says FSA flawed, but valid – WFTV 9
Aug 25: Lawmakers look to ditch state exams, adopt national tests -POLITICO Florida
Aug 24: Sorry, I’m Not Taking This Test – Mother Jones Sept/Oct 2015 issue
Aug 24: Florida headed for testing turbulence – POLITICO Florida
Jun 11:  NO TO COMMON CORE: A Florida Perspective – Blog Talk Radio
May 21: OPT OUT – FLORIDA STANDARDS ASSESSMENTS TEST – Orlando Weekly
May 19: State testing turmoil: End of course math exams won’t hurt kids’ grades – Palm Beach Post
May 15: Special Report: Opt Out – My Panhandle
May 15: Cindy Hamilton – Front Porch Chat with Randy Ross May 15, 2015 (Begin at 15:25)
May 13: Some Orlando parents are encouraging their kids to opt out of taking Florida Standards Assessment tests – Orlando Weekly
May 9:  Opt-out group urges Orange parents to boycott K-2 test – Orlando Sentinel
May 4:  Florida roundup: Charter schools, testing, credit recovery and more – redefinEd
Apr 20: Florida testing opt-out groups plan to keep heat on school districts – Tampa Bay Times
Mar 27: Mom: Why my 9-year-old gets despondent about school – Washington Post
Mar 27: More parents taking their students out of testing – Jacksonville Sun Times
Mar 01: Some students will opt out as new Florida tests debut – Orlando Sentinel
Feb 27: As interest grows in opting out of state tests, Florida school districts get ready – Tampa Bay Times
Feb 10: Opt Out Urges Parents to Keep Kids Home on Wednesday – Orlando Sentinel
Feb 10: Group Wants Parents to Keep Kids Home on Wednesday to Avoid Testing – WESH 2 Orlando
Jan 28: Fight To Opt Out – Fox 35 Orlando
Jan 27: Florida Education Commissioner: Students cannot opt out of testing – Click Orlando 6
Jan 27: Education commissioner: opting out of tests not allowed – Fox 35 Orlando
Jan 27: 9 Investigates: Group works to let students opt out of standardized tests – WFTV 9
Jan 27: Parents, students protest for mandatory recess in Orange County – My News 13
Jan 26:  Opt out of Florida tests? Not allowed, commissioner says – Orlando Sentinel

2014
Dec 31: Testing Under Fire – Politico
Dec 29: 7 Big Public Education Stories from 2014 – Alternet
Dec 12:  More and More Parents Opting Out of Standardized Testing – WFTV 9 Orlando
Dec 01:  Anti-testing Groups Help Students Opt Out of Florida Standardized Assessments – StateImpact.NPR.org
Nov 25: Opt Out Everywhere: Why the Standardized Testing Movement is Expecting a ‘Full-on Revolt’ – Alternet
Sept 26: Parents push back on Florida’s standardized testing system – Miami Herald
Sep 23:  Opting Out Of Common Core in Brevard County – FOX 35 Orlando
Sep 22:  Group: Create Process to opt out of Florida school exams – Florida Today
Sep 13:  Romano: A Stand Against School Testing is Long Overdue – Tampa Bay Times
Sep 10:  Alachua County teacher refuses to administer kindergarten students a Florida reading test – Orlando Sentinel
Aug 21:  Opt Out Orlando Webinar Will Give Parents Tools to Skip Testing – Orlando Sentinel
Aug 18:  Test Plan Means Testing of Kindergarten Students – WFTV 9 Orlando
May 25:  Graduation Advice from Bill Gates – by Tim Farley, Principal on Diane Ravitch’s blog
May 24:  Let’s stop measuring fish by how well they climb trees” – Washington Post – Ted Talk by Joshua Katz (April 11)
May 22:  Opt Out Orlando Seeks FCAT Problems for Legal Case – Orlando Sentinel
Apr 21:  Why Florida Parents Want to Opt Their Kids Out Of State Tests – StateImpact.NPR.org
Apr 17:  Growing Group of Parents Pulling Kids from FCAT – WESH 2 Orlando
Apr 16:  FCAT and Opting Out: Testing season is under way and some parents are skipping the exams – Orlando Sentinel – follow up to Feb 9 Article
Apr 09:  An 8-Year Old Talks About Test Prep  – Washington Post
Mar 18:  Opting Out with Cindy Hamilton – Radio interview with ConversationEd
Mar 08:  I Took The FCAT and Got an Education – HypeOrlando.com
Feb 24:  Central Florida Moms Try Their Hand at the FCAT – WKMG 6 Orlando
Feb 21:  Anti-Testing Groups Form Alliance to Bring Sanity to Education Policy – Washington Post
Feb 09:  Opt Out Orlando Fights High Stakes Testing Of Students – Orlando Sentinel
Jan 20:  Flashpoint Discusses Standardized Testing Documentary – (Standardized: Lies, Money & Civil Rights) – WKMG 6 Orlando
Jan 11:  Documentary “Standardized” to Debut at Howard Middle School – WKMG 6 Orlando

2013

Apr 14:  Bush, Obama focus on standardized testing leads to ‘opt-out’ parent movement – Washington Post
Mar 21:  Group Critical of FCAT urges parents to ‘OptOut’ – Fox 35 Orlando

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