Opt Out Forms
Read this article to learn what you’re going to be told by the school.
Here are some things you can do to make it easier:
- Ask , “Show me the law that says I must submit my children to this test, particularly the field test this spring where they have already admitted there will be no scores received.” Or “Show me the law that says parents do not have the right to make this decision”.
- Have a script regarding the policies. If the principal tells you that all students are required to take the test, tell them you’d like to see where the policy is stated. If the principal tells you it’s not official policy, but that your child could be penalized grade-wise or retained, ask to see the policy that addresses grades, retention and promotion1-Use a letter that you know works for Idaho. (See above.)
- Have a buddy (there is strength in numbers)
- Let’s make this fun. Send us a picture of you after you’ve opted out. Show us how you’re going to announce to the world that you’ve exercised your parental rights Paint your car windows, put a sign on your car or in your front window.
- Design us an easily printed logo that we could use to put on our cars or front windows.
They’re trying to intimidate us so let’s politely put it back in their faces.
Opting Your Children Out Will Not
Harm your School’s Star Rating
You may have heard that if your student doesn’t take the test your school will lose its star rating. Stacey Knudsen was just told by a teacher that this year’s testing will not affect a schools star rating. Read the highlighted part in these minutes from the SBOE.
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So you’ve been learning about Common Core, talking to your neighbors and writing your congressman and now you want to DO something.
In his book, Children of the Core, author Kris L. Nielsen gives some actions anyone can take to stage a peaceful revolution against Common Core. One step he recommends is, “Stop Participating –Opt Out of Standardized Tests.”
In order to stop standardized testing, it’s going to take a large and coordinated action by many parents across many states. The nice thing is, it’s easy for one person to start. Others will follow. It’s already started, so you aren’t going to be alone. Of course, we are stronger in numbers, so, after talking to other parents, try to find some friends who will join your plight. Try this:
Write a letter to the district, school, or state leadership politely informing them that your child(ren) will no longer be participating in high-stakes standardized tests, which are used to rank or evaluate children or teachers. Remember, you are not requesting, you are informing. Give them some valid reasons, such as your religious, medical, philosophical, or political opposition to these tests. So far there is no state that can penalize you for opting your child out, although you may hear some school personnel use scare tactics.
Here are some websites he recommends: