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Opt-Outs Force ESSA Waiver Application in Utah

Years after the “Opt-Out” movement first swept across the United States, high rates of testing opt-outs in Utah continue to challenge state board members and may threaten millions of dollars in federal funding awarded as part of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). In an interview with CPRE co-director Jonathan Supovitz, Utah State Board of Education members Alisa Ellis and Kathleen Riebe discuss the state’s opt-out policies, trends, and their potential impacts on federal funding, turnaround, and student evaluation.