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.