This is a big week for pushing the opt-out movement. Michael Elliot released a video (The Other PARCC - Parents Advocating Refusal on High-Stakes Testing) on refusing the PARCC yesterday in New Jersey, where the tests were to begin today but may have been delayed by the snow.
MORE's partner in many endeavors, Change the Stakes, created NYC-specific refusal letters this year. Attached are Word versions in English and Spanish. Here are the links:
And on Weds there is a forum at PS 261K where MORE's Marissa Torres is chapter leader and MORE's Sam Coleman and Brian Jones are on the panel. (I can't resist - where are the other so-called UFT caucuses in terms of organizing, agitating, etc other than being key-board warriors? - By the way -- 45 teachers and parents showed up to the MORE meeting on Saturday.)
NYS Testing info presentation 2_3_2015.pdf (This power point presentation is worth viewing and sharing. It helps explain the flawed and invalid nature of high stakes testing. Please share with you community and arm yourself with the answers to those who believe these tests do something worth the time, energy, chaos and money we are forces to endure.)
Next time your UFT rep or Mulgrew comes around telling you how important testing is, refer to this.
And finally - for now -- NYSAPE's versions of above for the state.