Published: March 15, 2017
Opt out forum

With testing season underway, parents, teachers, students, and community members are invited to join a community conversation about opting out of standardized testing on Wednesday, April 5 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the CU Boulder Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex, room C120, 4001 Discovery Drive (map & parking information).

We will explore what is gained and what is lost when choosing to opt out of standardized tests in a community dialogue hosted by the CU Boulder School of Education and the Office for Outreach and Engagement.

The event will begin with brief remarks from panelists followed by a community dialogue investigating questions such as: What are the connections between testing, parents' rights and educational opportunity? How might testing be balanced with other educational goals and values? What effects might parents and children consider when discussing opt out? How do the new PARCC exams compare with previous tests? What questions do tests enable us to ask and answer? What are the possible harms or trade-offs of testing? What are the alternatives?

With an introduction by Terri Wilson, Assistant Professor of Educational Foundations, Policy and Practice, the panel will include:

  • Kevin Welner, Director of the National Education Policy Center
  • Derek Briggs, Director of the Center for Assessment, Design, Research and Evaluation
  • Allison Atteberry, Assistant Professor of Research and Evaluation Methodology
  • Alison Boardman, BVSD parent
  • Sydney Chinowsky, University of Colorado Boulder student and Fairview High School alum

A Q&A will follow, moderated by Michele Moses, Professor of Educational Foundations, Policy and Practice.

Refreshments will be provided and childcare and Spanish translation are available upon request. RSVP here to request childcare or Spanish translation and to receive a courtesy event reminder.

Note: Attendees should park in lot 556 for free parking after 5 p.m. Please avoid lot 550, a paid parking lot.

This event is co-sponsored by the School of Education and the Office for Outreach and Engagement with support for the Women Investing in the School of Education (WISE) giving circle.

For directions and to RSVP visit: