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.

    • In lieu of a letter, you may also complete this 2021 NYS Standardized Opt Out Letter form to submit your preference to opt your child out of the NYS exams. 

    • 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 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. 

    • In recent years, between 5% - 20% of PS29 students in grade 3-5 have opted out of the State exams. Many more have opted out of field testing. 

  • What about fully-remote students?

    • As you know the NYS 3-5 English Language Arts (ELA), Math and 4th grade Science standardized exams can only be administered at school.  Fully remote students are not required to come into P.S. 29 to take the exams. Families have the option of sending in their child to take the tests if they wish.

    • In order to plan to administer the Grades 3-5 NYS ELA and Math exams and the 4th grade Science exam, we are asking fully-remote families to complete this form by Wednesday, April 7th. The form will let us know if you are planning on having your child take the exam in school at P.S. 29, or if you do not want them to take the exam.

    • Once we know how many remote families will plan on having their children take the standardized tests, we will inform you about the precise date and time.

  • 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. Due to social distancing constraints this year, we are not yet sure what this will look like, but our intention is to plan meaningful instruction for students not taking the tests. The sooner we know your child is opting out, the easier it will be 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.