Seattle Opt-Out form below
This from Soup for Teachers Facebook page:
SBAC testing has started! Ballard 11th graders taking Math SBAC tomorrow. Very little notice was given, I found out last night and opted my student out this morning.
Here's the link to the Facebook page for Seattle Opt-Out. It is legal in Washington state to refuse testing for your child. The only time your child really needs to take the test is in 10th grade as a graduation requirement.
From the SPS Assessments page:
What's new for 2016?
- Reduced assessment time. The assessments have eliminated the previously required classroom-based activity before each Performance Task. This will reduce time spent on the assessments.
- Uniform assessment windows. No longer do third-graders and 11th-graders have a shortened testing window. All grades may take the assessment between mid-March and early June.
Assessment calendarsTo download our 2015-16 assessment calendars (grades K-8 or 9-12), click the links below.
Schools and teachers cannot opt your child out. You must do it if your child is under the age of 18. Your child can refuse to test, but they cannot write their own opt out letter as a minor.
How do I opt my child out of a test?
It is very easy: write a note saying that you refuse to have your child tested. You do not need to use a form the District supplies. Or you can fill out the slip below and provide a copy to the school office.
I respectfully refuse to have my child, ____________________, take the Smarter Balanced Assessments, Amplify, MAP, WaKIDS, MSP (or other tests, listed here:___________________). This includes practice tests and make up tests.
Please provide a comfortable and supervised space for my child to engage in a meaningful learning activity, do homework, or read. My child will need full access to their backpack and lunch. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Printed name:_____________________ Phone or email:______________________