CFP EXTENDED 1/15/2021: Testing Opt-out Movements: Resistance, Disputes and Transformation


EPAA/AAPE Call for Papers


Testing Opt-out Movements: Resistance, Disputes and Transformation


Guest Editors: Javier Campos-Martínez (Universidad de O’Higgins), Alejandra Falabella (Universidad Alberto Hurtado), Jessica Holloway (Deakin University), Diego Santori (King’s College London)

Special Topic: Testing Opt-out Movements: Resistance, Disputes and Transformation 


Education Policy Analysis Archives/Archivos Analíticos de Política Educativa (EPAA/AAPE) announces a call for papers for a special issue on testing opt-out movements. Standardization, testing and accountability policies are one of the most widespread strategies in school systems around the world (Verger et al., 2019). This strategy has occurred despite the scant evidence that shows positive effects on student learning, in addition to a vast accumulation of studies that have shown negative effects on daily teaching practices, teacher professionalization, and the emotional well-being of the school community (Au, 2011; Falabella, 2014; Holloway, 2019; Verger & Parcerisa, 2017).


To different degrees, the pressure exercised through standardized tests has grown intolerable by some, giving rise to various forms of resistance (Ball & Olmedo, 2013; Montero et al., 2018; Ravitch et al., 2014). Groups of parents, professional organizations and teachers’ unions have channeled their concern and discontent, with the intention of combating the negative impact of these policies (Brogan, 2014; Campos-Martínez & Guerrero, 2016; Clayton et al., 2019; Guajardo, 2012). Some examples of these organizations are: NYC Opt Out, FairTest and United optout (USA); Alto al SIMCE (Chile), and More Than a Score and Let Our Kids be Kids (England), together with teachers’ unions of various countries.


This special issue invites researchers to write about anti-standardization and testing opt-out movements in different places around the world, aiming to produce knowledge about: 1) the actors involved; 2) their discourses, perspectives and objectives; 3) the organizations’ main strategies and modes of action; 4) the achievements obtained; and, 5) more globally, an examination of collective resistance and transformation. Manuscripts can be based on a particular case or present a comparative analysis.


Original papers (not sent to other journals or published in books or magazines) will be received in English or Spanish. More information about the EPAA guidelines can be found here: All articles will be evaluated through a double-blind process.


Submission Information: Interested contributors are invited to submit up to 800-word outlines aligned with the special issue theme for review by January 15, 2021. Abstracts must refer to: Research context, theoretical and methodological tools, and main research results. All extended abstracts and full manuscripts should be submitted electronically through the EPAA website, in the section Testing Opt-out Movements, and follow the Journal’s submission guidelines:



Submission of outlines (800 words): January 15, 2021

Editorial invitation to submit a full paper: February 22, 2021

Submission of full papers (7.000 words maximum, without references): June 28,, 2021

Editorial decisions: September 30, 2021

Submission of full papers: November 30, 2021

Expected publication date:  January 2022 


Questions concerning this call for papers should be directed to Alejandra Falabella,