Opt Out - generic term for boycotting state assessments throughout the United States.
Refusal - specific term using NYS Education Department language for boycotting state assessments.
Updated "999" refusal code information
Guide to Refusal Policies from Long Island Opt Out
A great guide to refuse testing and respond to district handling of refusals, including suggestions and example letters. (pdf download)
My family's 2015-16 opt out letter
(note: I refute the NYSED talking points of 'informing instruction' & assessing our children's progress)
A really nice letter!
New York City parents:
"For information about opting out in NYC, see the Change the Stakes website
Reading after test completion (or refusal!)
According to the
The 95% participation question. Will "refusals" hurt our school?
Some suggestions and ideas
Schools have different refusal procedures- work with your school.
Suggestions for how your child can "refuse".
Excellent school district policies to share: