A movement by parents to boycott or “opt out” of the new state assessments is small but growing, organizers say, especially on Florida’s First Coast.
About 3,000 people have joined “opt out” groups around the state, said Sandy Stenoff, a parent who founded Opt Out Orlando, the oldest of the groups with 2,962 members.
It is affiliated with 34 other groups encompassing 31 school districts, including Duval’s Opt Out group, started in November, which has 77 members, Nassau’s which has 16 members and St. Johns which has 173.
Baker County has no Opt Out group, she said, but Clay County’s just started last week.
Just because they’re members doesn’t mean those parents are opting out.
Jacksonville-area schools are reporting only a handful of students sitting out the test last week.