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  •  Check if your state has opt out (3+ / 0-)
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    wader, Mostel26, dicentra

    Many states have although school may have to count as failing for their stats

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 05:37:13 PM PDT

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    •  I actually don't want to opt out (2+ / 0-)
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      marina, historys mysteries

      because they are otherwise emotionally forcing them to take the test.

      Plus, I am interested in what nonsense they are giving our kids - if they didn't participate, there would be little I could reasonably complain about, in terms of impact to them.  Sure, there's still the larger picture to argue, but I feel a personal argument is a good base from which to launch an attack on such dumb, systemic moves.

      This portion of the letter we received indicates that kids can decide not to take the test, but they'll essentially be made most uncomfortable if that posture is assumed:

      . . . Below are a few other important points that the New York State Offices of Testing and Accountability shared with us:
      •   An exemption letter is not acceptable and cannot be honored. A parent may not write a letter invoking the “999” code used to indicate that their son/daughter was not tested. This code is an internal code from New York State used in specific situations dictated by the state. Again, these “non-tested” students impact the 95% participation rate that is required by New York State.
      •   If a student is in school, a test must be placed in front of the student. This also applies to the make up test dates. We can not coerce a student to take it or penalize the student for not taking it.
      •   If a student refuses to take the test, he or she is expected to sit in the room with the test booklet in front of him/her for the full time of the testing period. The student may not have a book or other materials anytime during the testing period even though he or she is not taking the test. The only thing that the student may have to read during the testing period is the test booklet in front of them. We are not allowed to move the student to another location or room and provide alternate activities for them while others take the test.
      •    Only in the case of an extreme emergency should a parent remove their son/daughter from the school after testing has begun.

      While we appreciate efforts to bring attention to the emphasis placed on testing by New York State, an action to protest by preventing your child from taking these tests hurts us and our children.

      95% participation rate refers to the associated state funding criteria for our district.  Using the lure of money to eventually extract funds from public schools - devious and entirely against the purpose of good government, IMHO.

      "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

      by wader on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 05:49:47 PM PDT

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    •  We just learned about opt-out in our state (0+ / 0-)

      We gave our 6th grader the choice.  We told her she was welcome to take the test and that however it came out it didn't matter to us at all because it was meaningless to us.  We know her well enough to know that she's doing fine in school and she needn't stress.

      We also told her if she felt any pressure over it, or she didn't want to take it, that was also fine.  She could opt-out and we would back her up.

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