Both state teachers unions, FairTest, and the Black Educators Alliance of Massachusetts are part of our  campaign, along with parent groups, school committee members, superintendents, and principals.

  • Read about why it’s time to stop ‘high-stakes’ testing, here.
  • Click here to read a fact check by CPS and FairTest of MA and the late Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester’s claims about high-stakes standardized testing
  • Read “What Everyone Should Know About the Massachusetts’ High Stakes Testing Diploma Requirement,” here.
  • Massachusetts Professors, Researchers call for end to high-stakes testing. Read the statement here.
  • One state education commissioner’s inspiring letter to parents about what test-based accountability does and doesn’t tell us about our students and schools, here
  • Watch this video of middle school students in St. Paul on how high-stakes testing affects them and this video of educator Roberta Udoh about how high-stakes testing drives play out of early childhood education and harms all children, especially black and brown children. 
  • Education Professor and CPS board member Ricardo Rosa speaks about racism and high-stakes test-driven education in this excellent video, here.
  • More on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), here.
  • An Oakland teacher wrote about Pres. Obama’s comments on high-stakes testing in Education Week, here.
  • To see sample MCAS test items, visit this page 
  • Jesse’s Journey: Watch CPS Board Member Louis Kruger’s documentary on the inspiring actions of Jesse Hagopian and other teachers in Seattle, who fought and won a battle against high-stakes testing. Click here to watch the video.
  • Click here to read CPS Executive Director, Lisa Guisbond’s remarks about the history of high stakes testing in MA



  • Want to learn about a better way to assess students? Watch this video from CPS’s conference on alternative assessments.


  • Click here for a downloadable version of our Opt-Out House Party Guide!
  • Download our fact sheet on opting out of testing, here. (For a Spanish language version, click here.)
  • If you can help organize a group in your community, lobby your legislator, speak at a hearing on our bills, write a letter to the editor, or help in other ways, email
  • Join Cambridge, Worcester, Greenfield, Arlington and other communities in passing a resolution in support of a moratorium on high-stakes testing. For more information and a model resolution, click here.