What We’re Watching: Opt-Out or Cop Out?

By Education Next 07/28/2013

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The Fordham Institute hosted a forum on the growing numbers of parents, educators and school administrators calling for a local “opt-out” from state testing systems. Are these ‘new’ accountability systems an opt-out or a cop-out?

Debating this issue were Charles Barone, policy director, Democrats for Education Reform; Robin Lake, director, Center for Reinventing Public Education; Mike Petrilli, executive vice president, Thomas B. Fordham Institute; Delia Pompa, senior vice president of programs, National Council of La Raza; and Nelson Smith, senior advisor, National Association of Charter School Authorizers.

Andy Smarick, parter, Bellwether Education Partners, served as moderator.

—Education Next

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