This post from the Schools of Thought Hudson Valley, NY blog is long but fully explains that students are NOT mandated to take the upcoming New York State field tests in science, math and ELA. Parents should refuse the field tests! Some school districts (superintendents and boards of education) are even refusing to administer the field tests!
According to our research (confirmed by school lawyers and NYSED), there are no penalties for declining to particpate in the field test although NYSEDs Ken Slentz does send a very stern letter implying that the tests are required. Truth be told, the statute is silent on field tests, NYSED has admitted in writing that they are NOT mandated and there are no penalties for refusing to participate in what amounts to a voluntary “test of the test” program. Districts across the State may refuse the NYS field tests.
Check out the post!