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 his or 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 should complete the 2017-18 Opt-Out form and submit it to your child’s school. The opt-out parent letter and form are 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.