Opt Out Orlando in the Media



Aug 25: Lawmakers look to ditch state exams, adopt national tests -POLITICO Florida

Aug 24: Sorry, I’m Not Taking This Test – Mother Jones Sep/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 19: State testing turmoil: End of course math exams won’t hurt kids’ grades – Palm Beach Post

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 TestingWESH 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


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

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


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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