REFUSE THE STATE TESTS. TELL ALBANY THAT HIGH-STRESS, HIGH-STAKES, HIGH-PROFIT TESTING IS UNACCEPTABLE FOR OUR CHILDREN. TELL NEW YORK STATE THAT WE WANT YEAR-LONG “TEACHING TO THE TESTS” TO END. SEND A MESSAGE THAT WE DEMAND MEANINGFUL AND WELL-ROUNDED LEARNING BE RETURNED TO OUR NEW YORK PUBLIC SCHOOLS.
IS YOUR CHILD STRESSING THE UPCOMING STATE EXAMS?
DID YOU KNOW YOU CAN REFUSE THE TESTS?
Myth vs. Fact:
MYTH: My child is required to take the state ELA & Math tests for grades 3-8.
FACT: Under NYS law, any minor child can REFUSE to take these exams.
MYTH: My child might be left back if he/she doesn’t take the tests.
FACT: The only way the test can be held against your child is if he/she fails it.
MYTH: If my child refuses, he/she will be forced to take the harder city/district tests instead.
FACT: If your child refuses, the only legal and common alternative assessment will be a portfolio of his/her classwork & class exams from the year.
MYTH: If my child refuses, my school will lose funding.
FACT: Schools will only lose funding if many children do poorly on the exams.
MYTH: If my child refuses, he/she will be given a zero grade.
FACT: If a child refuses the tests, it is marked code 999, “refusal,” and given no grade at all.
MYTH: My child’s teacher will face negative consequences if he/she refuses the tests.
FACT: Legally, test refusals do not impact teachers at all. If your administration uses refusals against teachers, they are choosing to do so and are very wrong to do so.
MYTH: The state exams are required for entry into middle and high school.
FACT: The portfolio assessment is completely acceptable by virtually all public schools.
MYTH: The state exams show how my child is doing in school.
FACT: The state exams are often so convoluted they aren’t accurate indicators of any genuine academic progress.
MYTH: Teachers need the state exam scores to see where my child is and to help him/her with any deficiencies.
FACT: Nobody sees the state tests’ scores until MONTHS later, so teachers cannot use the scores for any instructional purposes.
MYTH: It is very difficult to refuse to allow my child to take the state exams.
FACT: In 2014, over 77,000 students refused to take the New York State ELA & Math Exams for grades 3-8. All you have to do is fill out this letter, print it, and send or bring it in:
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