Stop Common Core Colorado




Colorado PARCC, CMAS Testing and Opting Out



Please watch this video and then read Anita's appeal below:




MAPS and PARCC Testing

An issue brief connecting MAPS and PARCC entitled "A Powerful Pairing" by the NWEA.

Link to article:

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Below are two forms of the same Opt Out of Testing letter for the 2014-2015 school year. Feel free to use this letter to opt your child/children out of testing. Simply replace the xxxx out information with your pertinent details.

Link to Word Document of Opt Out letter that you may use to opt your child out of testing.

Letter Template to Opt Out of Testing Word Document

Link to PDF Document of Opt Out letter that you may use to opt your child out of testing.

Letter Template to Opt Out of Testing PDF Doc




Hello to all of you!

RE: Opting Out of Testing:

This is an urgent appeal to parents. PLEASE refuse to have your students tested.

It is time for ALL PARENTS TO TAKE ACTION! Time is critical and with only weeks left of the school year, we need to let our school districts know we are serious about reclaiming our schools. Dr. Sandra Stotsky, who is the leading expert in English, Language & Arts, who sat on the Common Core Validation Committee and refused to sign off on the standards, has written a plan of action to parents and local school districts. Please print this letter and take to your school boards along with the Burlington Resolution (which is one of the best written so far in my opion) and demand that the district repeal Common Core and take action. Utilize your parental rights and follow this action plan regarding testing. TCAP is over, however, CMAS continues. Testing, Testing, Testing!!!! Put a stop to this money trough at the expense of our students and valuable instruction time. Follow the action plan below.

Parents DO have the right to refuse their children participation in TCAP and CMAS testing, however Colorado does not have an "Opt Out Option" that is recognized to date. What Colorado DOES have is the "Parental Refusal Option." This can be found on the Colorado Dept. Education’s (CDE) website under "Test Invalidation" on page 69. The link is provided below.

School districts do not get marked down for "NON-PARTICIPATION ZEROS". This score is null/void. They do not, however, get bonus points or reward points when students do not participate in testing. These reward points help raise their scores if they are in danger of being categorized as a low performing or high risk status. It does your school rating more harm if your student shows up to test and does not do well on the test. Some students admit they give bogus answers just to complete the test.

CMAS is part of the PARCC transition. It is all digital and owned by Pearson Publishing (United Kingdom Publishing company) that has formed a partnership with Bill Gates and the UNESCO/UN education committee. Pearson Publishing has the monopoly over the curriculum and testing materials aligned with Common Core. Your student's data is required prior to testing. All CMAS is performed on computers and even the scratch paper is labeled with a bar-code and student identifier and is sealed in an envelop and sent directly to Pearson. Your districts DO NOT have control over the data. Pearson Publishing has the control!


1.  Refuse to have your student test;
2.  Write a letter to your school principal informing him/her that your student will not test;
3.  Courtesy copy your superintendent, local school board, state school board and legislators (you can find legislators and State            School Board contact details under Action Tab on this website);
4.  Request a response in writing, nothing verbal;
5.  Go to your local school boards and demand they write their resolutions to repeal Common Core State Standards and                         testing/assessments/curriculum;
6.  Use the Burlington School District’s resolution below as an example of a resolution and urge your district to join the many other          school districts that are fighting back. Our State constitution gives them legal authority and power!

You have control over your child today; please fight to keep it. We need to act today and say NO we won't comply. Your school districts need to rest in our State Constitution and say NO we won't comply. Many districts have, such as Burlington RJ-6. Their resolution is the best one I have read and is solid and concise. I urge all concerned parents to copy it off our website and take it to your superintendent/school boards and take a stand. Dr. Sandra Stotsky has called parents to do this and to stand NOW. Print her letter, together with the Burlington resolution and distribute it. This is how we will push back until our legislators and Governor listen to us. You will find Dr. Stotsky's letter and the Burlington resolution below.

New York had 30,000 students push back against PARCC and refuse to test 2 weeks ago. We need to learn from the states that have been through the painful process. Don't allow school districts to go bankrupt due to this fiscal irresponsibility. Don't allow your student's private information to become a bankroll for "third party special interests" with undisclosed names. Know who gets your information....your student's information....your teacher's information!

There are some processes in place to get rid of PARCC and Common Core at the legislation level, however we cannot leave the protection, safety and education of our children to the legislation processes.

We must get involved and this leaves us with PARENT REFUSAL to test.

Anita Stapleton
Joshua 1:9




Dr. Stotsky wrote a letter challenging parents. Print this out and take it to your local school board. Also, see her
challenge in detail on Stotsky Challenge tab of this website.

Burlington's board of education wrote a resolution to refuse PARCC. Use this as an example for your local school board.


List of Districts Piloting Common Core PARCC Testing

PARCC  - List of Districts Piloting PARCC in Spring 2014


Common Core Opt Out Forms
Parents may use these multiple forms or write their own letter of opposition

Common Core Testing Opt Out

Common Core Standards Opt Out

Colorado Dept. Education link that explains testing parent refusals on page 69 and 70 of this document


Parental Rights



As you move forward with opting out and handling push back, please remember: 


  • You pay for these schools with your tax dollars;
  • Your child has a right to a public education and CANNOT be forced into truancy; 
  • Your child cannot be denied entrance into the school - remember these are OUR schools;
  • If they bar your child entrance into school, state the following:
    • I am a taxpayer and you do not have the authority to bar my child from accessing this public school, of which I contribute in the form of tax payment;  
    • I will call the police if you attempt to bar my child from entering the building.


If they say that your child will be tested when your child is at school, state:

  • My child will not be tested;
  • I will report you to an attorney, the media and the ACLU if my child is forced to test.


You need to get ALL your communications from them in writing. NOTHING VERBAL.


In order to hold your school accountable, we can copy emails to the Washington Post, Chalkbeat, Ed Week, contacts at Denver Post, our website (UOO), Diane Ravitch and more if needed.


Parental Rights Upheld by Supreme Court:

Parental Rights to guide your child's education, upheld by Supreme Court decisions, trump any state law about standardized testing.


See here:

Parental rights are broadly protected by Supreme Court decisions (Meyer and Pierce), especially in the area of education. The Supreme Court has repeatedly held that parents posses the “fundamental right” to “direct the upbringing and education of their children.” Furthermore, the Court declared that “the child is not the mere creature of the State: those who nurture him and direct his destiny have the right, coupled with the high duty to recognize and prepare him for additional obligations.” (Pierce v. Society of Sisters, 268 U.S. 510, 534-35) The Supreme Court criticized a state legislature for trying to interfere “with the power of parents to control the education of their own.” (Meyer v. Nebraska, 262 U.S. 390, 402.) In Meyer, the Supreme Court held that the right of parents to raise their children free from unreasonable state interferences is one of the unwritten “liberties” protected by the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. (262 U.S. 399).


In recognition of both the right and responsibility of parents to control their children’s education, the Court has stated:

“It is cardinal with us that the custody, care and nurture of the child reside first in the parents, whose primary function and freedom include preparation for the obligations the State can neither supply nor hinder.” (Prince V. Massachusetts, 321 U.S. 158)

Regarding Attempts to Force Your Child Into Truancy: 

Opt out letter you can pull info from.


Dear (Principal’s name),

In accordance with Colorado’s Compulsory School Attendance Law 22-33-104 C.R.S, my child (student’s name) will be attending school throughout the TCAP testing period. In addition to the previous opt out letter, we are informing you in writing that no part of the _____(TCAP) test is to be administered to _________(Child’s name) during any time. A parent’s right of refusal is upheld by the Supreme Court who, in multiple cases, has ruled in favor of parental rights and recognizes the authority for parents to direct their child’s education. Please be advised, if this written directive for our __(son/daughter) is not followed, we will consider this a violation of our First Amendment as well as our parental rights and we will seek legal recourse to the fullest extent.


Signed by both parents. Send copies of all letters to the following: principal, superintendent, and state representative,

senator, and representative of congress.

Regarding Violations by School Districts:

School districts electing to sanction parents for opting out or refusals to take high-stakes standardized tests may be in violation of the United States Constitution, The Equal Protection Act, and in cases where the student has a learning disability, The Americans with Disabilities Act.


If you feel that your civil rights have been violated, please file a discrimination complaint with the Office for Civil Rights within 180 days from when the offense has occurred. Information on filing can be found in the opt out guide for Colorado on our website:


Credit for some information in this doc goes to UOO and Angela Engel

Contact me if I can assist.

Peggy Robertson,

[email protected]

Cell 720-810-5593


Reasons to opt out of testing

I am reminded of the famous speech by Mario Savio, leader of the Free Speech Movement, during a protest rally at the University of California at Berkeley in 1964. He said:

"There's a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can't take part! You can't even passively take part! And you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels...upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you've got to make it stop! And you've got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you're free, the machine will be prevented from working at all!"


Truth in American Education explains why it's necessary to opt out of Common Core and how.

The implementation of Common Core Standards undermines parental rights to make educational decisions for their children.  Now is the time for parents to protest this intrusion by opting their child out of Common Core for the 2014-2015 school year.


John Eynon from Idaho explains why Common Core needs to be fought by "We the People"


Thomas More Law Center's Privacy Opt-Out Form

Click on the link below to listen to the conference call regarding privacy issues and also to find the link to download the privacy form from Thomas More's website.

Listen to Conference Call Through This Link