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Impact of refusing the New York State ELA test on day 2 or day 3 of testing next week

Parents – if you are considering REFUSING the state ELA testing next week for grades 3-8, you MUST make your decision by the first day of ELA testing (April 14, 2015).

If your child begins to take the test and then ‘refuses’ on day 2 or day 3, it is NOT a refusal as I talk about test refusal (code 999 which does not impact the teacher or the school because your student does not receive a score on the test). If your student refuses on day 2 or day 3, it will adversely impact the teacher and possibly the school because your student will receive a score on the test (probably a low score since they only took a portion of test). If you had no intention of refusing the tests and your student comes home so emotionally distraught after testing on day 1 that you can not put them through another day of testing, you will have to make the call about whether avoidance of the impact to the teacher/school is worth putting your student through more turmoil/anxiety or not but please do NOT PLAN to ‘wait and see’ as part of the test refusal movement.

Also if your student who is refusing the test on day 1 makes any marks on the test (I think even putting their name on the test), the test is no longer refused and will be scored. If your child who is refusing the test is forced to be in the testing room by the school district (some school districts in Ulster County are doing this), be sure that the child knows to not put any pencil marks on the test.

I also need to call to your attention a correction to a post I made last night.  Bailey Middle School is NOT requiring that test refusal letters be submitted by today in order for students to refuse the state ELA test.  Parents may submit test refusal letters on Monday or Tuesday next week for the ELA test which begins on Tuesday April 14, 2015.

If you need assistance with your refusal letter, check out NYS Allies for Public Education  or Stop Common in New York State.  You are also welcome to contact me directly by filling out the contact form below.


4 thoughts on “Impact of refusing the New York State ELA test on day 2 or day 3 of testing next week”

  1. why is it that Facebook is the only venue that I am receiving info on common core testing???

    1. Manya – a lot of groups have formed on facebook because parents have connected via the social media and so that has been a good way to share information about Common Core and the problems with testing. A number of the groups have websites or blogs but people don’t seem to be interested or willing to use them as discussion vehicles so they primarily tend to be reference information repositories. I created this blog (rather than only posting on facebook) so that people could receive information both on facebook and outside facebook but the number of people who have commented/responded to the blog posts directly has been minimal. I know that many read the posts because they tell me privately but I believe that for many people, the thought of responding about ‘political’ issues or issues that could threaten their jobs (in the case of teachers) in a public way is just too ‘scary’ so it often seems that no one is participating outside facebook. There are a number of bloggers who are writing about Common Core/testing (I have some of my favorites listed under the ‘other resources’ tab) but you have to subscribe to each individual blog if you want to receive the posts. If you are on facebook in a group, someone can post a link to the blog and everyone sees it. So, bottom line, facebook is just easier.

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