STEP 1: SUBMIT A REFUSAL LETTER TO THE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL & CLASSROOM TEACHER
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STEP 2: USUALLY THE SCHOOL WILL RESPOND WITH A LETTER STATING THERE IS NO PROVISION TO ‘OPT OUT’ OF NYS EXAMS. True. That’s why we are refusing tests!
REVIEW THIS GUIDE TO REFUSAL POLICIES
Depending on the response you receive from your school district, determine which follow-up letter you should send:
Follow-Up Letter 1 (request for school policy for refusals)
Follow-Up Letter 2 (request to change policy/procedure)
Follow-Up Letter 3 (very uncooperative district)
STEP 3: CLARIFY TEST DAY ARRANGEMENTS WITH THE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL AND TEACHER. PREPARE YOUR CHILD Depending on your school’s policy/procedure, prepare your child for what will happen on test day. Be certain to keep in touch with your child’s teacher so that the refusal goes smoothly on test day.
NEED HELP? We have answers & solutions!
1. Attend an upcoming informational session in the Utica area.
2. Talk with thousands of other parents also refusing 2014 tests:
*Opt Out CNY on Facebook: chat with parents from Central NY
*NYS Refuse the Tests on Facebook: network with parents across the State
*email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Refusing to Participate in NYS Grade 3-8 Testing is the best way for parents to let leaders in Albany know that recent education reforms are not in kids’ best interest. Refusing tests is not about hurting kids, teachers, or public schools. In fact, it is just the opposite. The ‘opt out’ movement sheds light on the false narrative of ‘failing public schools’ and advocates for the use authentic assessment so that all students’ needs are met. Thank you for stopping by to learn more about statewide efforts to bring back authentic teaching & learning to our classmates.
OUR CHILDREN ARE MORE THAN A SCORE!