A movement to end high-stakes testing in New York State and our nation. Parents need to start this revolution by opting out their children from state testing programs in order to take back public education from the corporate reformers who are destroying the education of our children.
When Students Have Completed Their Tests Students who finish their assessment before the allotted time expires should be encouraged to go back and check their work. Once the student checks his or her work, or chooses not to, examination materials should be collected by the proctor. After a student’s assessment materials are collected, that student may be permitted to read silently.* This privilege is granted at the discretion of each school. No talking is permitted and no other schoolwork is permitted.
(Located on page 9 in the ELA guide and page 7 in the Math guide.)
Several forums on testing and the Common Core have been held and many more have been scheduled across New York State. Unlike the meetings convened by Commissioner King you will hear from real experts in education. The presenters will have the opportunity to give detailed discussions on the state of our schools instead of two minute speeches followed by Commissioner King defending his policies.
There is much confusion over students who "refuse" or opt out of the NYS Assessments. Schools are often unsure how to proceed when first confronted with families who choose to boycott the state assessment system.
"Refusal: Students who refuse to take the entire test must be reported at the local level with a final score of "999" and a standard achieved code of 96, indicating refusal, whether or not there are any response records. Assessment records for these students do not move to Level 2 of the Student Information Repository System. These students will be considered to have "no valid test score" and will be counted as not tested in verification reports and for accountability calculations. Students who refused to take one or more but not all sessions or parts of the test will receive no credit for the session(s) or part(s) they refused to take, and a scale score and performance level will be calculated based on the questions answered."
The key quote explains it all:
" These students (refusals) will be considered to have "no valid test score" and will be counted as not tested "
If your child "refuses" to take the NYS Grade 3-8 ELA, math or science assessments it is as if your child did not take the exam at all. Your child does not receive a zero or one as their score. As a result of having"no valid test score" your child cannot be compelled to enter the Academic Intervention Services (AIS) program because they did not receive a score to qualify them for the extra help. (Note: if you refuse, you can still work with your child's school to receive AIS if you feel your child needs the extra support)
Use this information when you communicate with your child's school. Some administrators are not aware of these provisions, while others may use scare tactics to convince you not to opt out or refuse. Stick to the facts, they appear right in the SIRS Manual.