Opt out postcard

I and others around the country came together last summer to discuss the over testing of our students. We knew that there are parents, students and teachers coming together around the country in large cities and small townships, resisting the high stakes testing, demanding more class time with teachers instead and opting out of testing altogether.

We decided to draw upon our resources and create a website that will provide  information on events, workshops and actions that are happening around the country in respect to testing, the Common Core Standards that are pressuring school districts to increase the amount of testing done and opting out of standardized tests that do not accurately measure a student’s understanding of the subject matter or how well a teacher is able to provide the information in a way that aids in a student’s understanding of the subject.

The website will also provide links to information on tests, opting out of high stakes testing, the truth about the Common Core Standards and anything else related to these subjects.

To follow is an excerpt from the press release that was sent out yesterday:

Widespread resistance to the overuse and misuse of standardized testing is exploding across the nation. Testing Resistance & Reform Spring (TRRS) is an alliance of organizations that have come together to expand these efforts in order to win local, state and national policy changes: Less testing, more learning.

To ensure that assessment contributes to all students having full access to an equitable, 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

3. Replace multiple-choice tests with performance-based assessments and evidence of learning from students’ ongoing classwork (“multiple measures”)

We support a range of public education and mobilizing tactics, including community meetings, boycotts, opt-out campaigns, rallies, petition drives and legislation. TRRS will help activists link up, communicate and learn from one another. This will build a stronger national movement to overhaul assessment policies.

Information now available on the website includes:

(These files will automatically download into your document file.)

How to Use TRRS Site

Become a TRRS Partner

Why and How to Opt Out

State-by-State Opt Out Guide

Guide to Holding a Community Forum

Media Guide

Fact Sheets

Performance Assessment: Better ways to assess students and evaluate schools

We invite other organizations to join Testing Resistance & Reform Spring as Partners.

TRRS Partners:

Founding Partners


Network for Public Education

Parents Across America

Save Our Schools

United Opt Out



Wayne Au, Assoc. Prof., University of Washington, Bothel

Anthony Cody, Teacher, Blogger

Nikhil Goyal, Student, Activist

Jesse Hagopian, Teacher, Garfield High School, Seattle, Washington

Deborah Meier

Diane Ravitch

Angela Valenzuela, Professor, U-Texas, Austin

George Wood, Superintendent, Federal Hocking Local Schools, Stewart, Ohio



Coalition for Essential Schools


K-12 News Network

National Latino/a Education Research and Policy (NLERAP)

Rethinking Schools

State and local level

Change the Stakes (NY)

Chicagoland Researchers and Advocates for Transformative Education (CReATE)

Citizens for Public Schools (MA)

Jefferson County Teachers Association (JCTA) (KY)

Jefferson County Teachers Association (KY)

MecklenburgACTS.org (NC)

More Than a Score (Chicago)

New York State Allies for Public Education (NYSAPE)

Opt Out Orlando (FL)

Parents United for Responsible Education (Chicago)

ReThinking Testing Midhudson Region (NY)

Social Equality Educators (Seattle)

Students 4 Our School (Denver)

SWside Parents Alliance (Chicago)

Teacher Activist Group – TAG Boston

Texas Center for Education Policy

Time Out from Testing (NY)

Youth Organizers for the Now Generation (YOUNG) (Boston)

You can contact us at TRRS@fairtest.org.