Opt Out Options

There is a growing level of concern expressed by educators, parents, policy makers and community members about the harmful impact and high-stakes nature of standardized testing associated with the Common Core State Standards.

Good tests should be used to guide instruction, helping teachers understand where students are excelling and where they need more work. But improving student learning and fairly assessing teacher quality should be based on a more broad and whole assessment.

According to a national study, more than a month of instructional time can be lost to test preparation and administration in a single school year. In a 2013 PDK/Gallup poll, 77 percent said increased testing has either hurt or made no difference in improving schools and in a 2014 PDK/Gallup poll, 68  percent of parents said standardized tests aren’t helpful to teachers.

Instead of spending millions of dollars on standardized tests, we should be investing in schools to give every child the opportunity to succeed. That means smaller class sizes and more funding for schools. State law allows parents to opt their students out from mandatory testing. Read more about opt-out options here.

For educators who are concerned about the overuse and abuse of high-stakes testing, here are some legal guidelines on your rights and responsibilities.

Go here for more on student assessment.

Opt Out Speakers Toolkit

OEA has developed the following materials for community members to use to share information about family and educator rights related to opting out of state assessments. OEA and community members may use these materials to talk with families or others. If you would like to request an OEA member or partner to give an opt out presentation, please contact us at oea-gps@oregoned.org, subject line: Opt Out Speaker.

Opt Out presentation - English
Opt Out presentation - Spanish
Opt Out FAQ - English
Opt Out FAQ - Spanish

Family Opt Out Rights

Oregon families have the right to opt students out of taking the Smarter Balanced Assessment in math and English language arts.

ODE Opt Out Form - English
ODE Opt Out Form - Spanish

Families can access the current information about opt out from ODE. Additionally, OEA has developed materials to help local communities organize around assessment. Download our Assessment Organizing Toolkit:

Download our Assessment Organizing Toolkit:

Toolkit Overview
Policy Solutions
Educator FAQs
We Believe
Local Organizing
Messaging For Locals
School Board Resolutions

Herramientas en Español:

Resumen de manual
Soluciones políticas
Preguntas frecuentes de maestros
Organizar al nivel comunitario
Mensaje para sindicatos
Resoluciones de mesas directivas escolares

Want to report district behavior that is interfering with families’ legal right to opt out? Fill out this form.