The form below will guide you in crafting a test refusal letter for your children, suitable for any New York State school district. We ask for names and addresses as we are crafting a letter that must be mailed. None of this information will be shared with any third party. (courtesy of United To Counter)
Opt-Out/Refusal Template Letters (**** please amend the dates accordingly ****):
Refusal Letter Grade 7 & 8 (will cover all fall assessment, all state assessments and field tests **Specifies that the student WILL take local exams counted towards a final grade**) by LI Opt Out
Refusal letter for High School (will cover all fall local assessments and field tests. **Specifies that the student WILL take local exams counted towards a final grade and Regents exams**) by LI Opt Out
Use this Assessment checklist as a tool to ask your teacher, principal, district to provide to all parents to transparently communicate all testing to parents. Documents were created by Eric L. Mihelbergel and Amy Bauer Gipe (Western NY'ers Group)
What is a Field Test in a nutshell? A practice exam...so that the test-makers can smooth out issues with the test... and hopefully polish the product. Think of it as a dry run...except your children sacrifice MORE class time so these test-jockeys can get it right. Your kids are the test dummies."
Parents are NOT informed when the "field testing" will occur. You need to contact your child's teacher (school district) to find out WHEN these field tests will take place and refuse them.