I asked the district:
Is it true that opting out your kids can get them removed from the Spectrum/APP seats?
The answer, via Advanced Learning, was a flat "no."
So if your teacher/principal is saying this, tell them you checked with the district. If you continue to hear this, I would write to your region's Executive Director because it is wrong to give out misinformation about SBAC testing.
Nationally, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten, endorsing opting out (at least in her home state of New York). Her statement yesterday via Twitter,
We believe parents have right to opt-out & tchrs shld be able
to advise parents how. We’ve said it repeatedly, are fighting for it in
@lacetothetop et al have asked what I’d do if I had kids in
NYPS—based on what I’ve seen, if I had kids, I’d opt them out of the
PEARSON (PAARC) tests this yr.
I may have put this up before but I think it worthy of a repeat: it's the Smarter Balanced "Guidance for Social Media Monitoring during field test."
I was a bit taken aback by the encouragement of inviting students to join a school Facebook page. Again, kids should not be signing up for on-line interactions without parental knowledge.