- grades 3-8 in ELA and mathematics
- grades 4-8 in science
- Regents Tests
- New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT)
- Language Assessment Battery-Revised (LAB-R)
- New York State Alternate Assessment (NYSAA)
- NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress - Grades 4, 8 and 12)
- PISA ( Program for International Assessment - HS)
- Understand the law, excuse the rhetoric. While testing is (understandably) an emotionally charged issue, know that districts have no authority to allow students to opt-out of state testing and that the district’s access to federal Title I money and accountability status would be threatened by participation below 95 percent.
- Request that your school district communicate its position. Ask that the district place article(s) in the district newsletter or posting on the district’s website, Facebook page or Twitter feed prior to test administration.
- Invite school district officials to a meeting or host a forum. Provide an opportunity for district officials to explain the district’s responsibilities to administer state assessments. Encourage face-to-face interactions that provide for dialogue and are conducive to good relations.
- Understand policies regarding absences and make-up testing. While some may seek to opt-out students, others may simply keep them home on test days. Know the implications of an unexcused absence, for instance, would the district prohibit students with such unexcused absences from participating in extracurricular clubs, athletics, or other school sponsored functions (i.e., school dances, activity nights). Know that not all state assessments can be made up.
- Check out your student handbook. Review academic guidance documents that provide important information regarding student participation in state exams and the potential impact of non-participation on grades, promotion and enrollment.
Lana Ajemian, President
Reflect the past, Transform today, Inspire tomorrow!
Portions of this blog have been excerpted from an article written by NYSASA