FAQs on Opting Out

  • How do I officially opt my child out of the state tests?

    • First let your child’s teacher know that you are thinking of opting your child out of the test(s).

    • A family member will then need to write a simple letter to PS29 ILT indicating that they are refusing to have their child take the upcoming NYS exams. Please not that you can refuse to have your child take all or only specific exams so please be specific in your letter. Here is an example letter that you can copy and modify to fit your specific needs. Please email your letters to iltquestions@ps29bk.org

    • The letter needs to include your child’s name, class number and be signed (digitally is OK) by the family member.

    • Please submit your letters as soon as you can, so that the ILT is better able to create an instructional and staffing plan for testing days. 

  • What do students who are not taking the test do during the days of the test?

    • Once we have a better idea of opt out numbers this year, we will make an instructional plan for the school day. The sooner we know your child is opting out, the easier it is for us to plan accordingly. 

    • Once the test is complete for that day, children will return to their classrooms.

  • How can this impact the middle school admissions process?  

    • District 15 has implemented a plan to increase diversity in all D15 middle schools. There is now an open admissions method with NO SCREENING and admissions priority for certain groups. ALL district middle schools in D15 will now use the open admissions method, meaning they will no longer screen or select students based on their academic records, This means that both report card grades and state test scores will no longer be a part of middle school admissions decisions.    

  • What is PS 29’s official position on testing and opting out?

    • We are required to administer the State exams.

    • It is a family’s decisions as to whether or not they want their child to take the exams. Families should do what they believe is best for their individual child and circumstances. 

  • What does the District 15 CEC think about NYS testing this year?

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