What can you do? Here's a pile of ideas to help you get started!
Tell Us Your Action Story
Organize a student boycott of the standardized tests at your school and leave the tests blank - here's how!
On Testing Day...
- Be a local SAT coordinator
- Give out this test instead
- Hang up these flyers
- Get the SAT Action Pack and find out more tips on how to organize a group, spread the word, and prepare for the day of action
- Wear this shirt
- Pass out a student petition
- Set up a table at lunch with information
- Hold a school-wide forum about the use of standardized tests.
- Campaign for a student-designed curriculum or alternative assessments.
- Research your state's opt-out policy and find out if it is legal to not take the tests at all.
- Support and investigate alternatives to high-stakes tests.
- Get a sample copy of the exams if you can.
- Write a letter to local administrators and public officials
- Organize a delegation to talk to administrators, legislators, and the media
Feel free to email us if you have any questions. We'd love to hear what happens! Good luck and have fun!
- Make administrators and politicians take the test
- Hold a press conference. Invite the local newspapers, radio stations, community members, and school staff.
- Write your own test and distribute it.
- Hand out this explanation (or write something yourself)
- Hang a banner on testing day that says "Be a Hero, Take a Zero!"
- Have an anti-test pep rally in the gymnasium
- Send the exams back! Gather as much test-related material as you can and flood the
offices of either the test manufacturer or state department of education by mail.
- Be your own test journalist! Write what pep talks your teachers give you, what your classes are like, etc. Write a detailed account of all the things you notice and what happens during the test and send it to us or publish it