Opt-out Parental Notification


This year, school has been significantly disrupted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and other factors. In response, ODE asked the United States Department of Education for a temporary pause (also known as a “waiver”) in English Language Arts (ELA) and Math testing. A pause is also being requested for science testing, but science testing is not subject to this opt-out rule.

  • If this waiver request is approved, then statewide ELA and Math testing will not happen this year, and there will be no need for parents to submit opt-out forms to their child’s school.
  • If the waiver request is not approved, test windows will open on April 13, 2021.

Este año, la escuela se ha visto significativamente afectada por la pandemia de COVID-19 actual y otros factores. En respuesta, ODE planea solicitar al Departamento de Educación de los Estados Unidos una pausa temporal (también conocida como “exención”) en los exámenes de Artes de Lenguaje en Inglés (ELA, por sus siglas en inglés) y Matemáticas. También se está solicitando una pausa para los exámenes de ciencias, pero los exámenes de ciencias no están sujetos a esta regla de exclusión.

  • Si se aprueba la solicitud de la exención, entonces los exámenes estatales de ELA y Matemáticas no se realizarán este año, y no será necesario que los padres presenten el formulario de exclusión a la escuela de su hijo/a.
  • Si no se aprueba la solicitud de la exención, el período de exámenes se abrirá de 13 de abril de 2021.

Opt-out Parental Notification

Test results offer feedback about your child’s progress. The results of these tests act as a snapshot of your child’s progress and may be used along with other pieces of information to determine their strengths and areas for improvement.

Not having information on our students’ academic progress limits our ability to accurately identify where students are struggling, where they are excelling, and whether we are fulfilling our goal of narrowing achievement gaps.

Parental Rights

  • You have the right to opt your child out of state summative tests in English Language Arts and Math. (Please see below for rules associated with other state assessments.)
  • To opt-out of the tests, you must complete the 2020-21 Opt-Out form and submit it to your child’s school. The opt-out form is available at the link below.
  • Any student exempted from a state test will be provided with supervised study time while other students are testing.

By signing the opt-out form, you may lose valuable information about how well your child is progressing in English language arts and math. Opting-out may impact efforts by your school and district to equitably distribute resources and support student learning.

Other State Assessments

For all other statewide assessments (OAKS Online Science and Social Sciences, ELPA21, the Kindergarten Assessment, and the Extended Science Assessment), parents may request that their student be exempted from state testing based on either disability or religion. OAR 581-022-1910 allows school districts to excuse students from a state required program or learning activity, including state testing, to accommodate a students’s disabilities or religious beliefs.

In order for a school district to excuse a student from testing under this rule, the student’s parent must submit a written request to the school principal, listing the reasons for the request and proposing an alternative individualized learning activity for the student that meets the same goals that would be accomplished by participation in state testing.