Opt Out Form

From Seattle Opt Out:


Decision to Support the Whole Child Form
The unofficial form for opting out of high stakes testing*

Please clearly print the following information and return to your school’s principal.

Student’s Name _________________________________________________________
Parent/Guardian’s Name __________________________________________________
School _________________________________________ Student’s Grade Level _____
As the parent/guardian of the above named student, I have made an educated decision to support my child by opting him/her out of participating in the following:

____ all portions of Smarter Balanced
____ end-of course exams in ___ Algebra ___ Geometry ____ Biology
____ certain subtests (please name subtest – ELA, MSP science)
____ MAP

My reason for this decision is: __________________________________________________________________________________

I have read and understand that:
  • This decision is a permanent record to document my decision about my child’s educational and emotional well-being without fear of harassment, intimidation, bullying and retaliation by Seattle Public Schools.
  • Students who do not participate will receive positive reinforcement in knowing they are more than a number and will not experience unnecessary anxiety. 
  • Students who do not participate are free to engage in creative endeavors during the test time
  • Opting out may positively impact our school by relieving the pressure on staffing and physical space.
  • Teachers will not have to spend time reviewing test scores that are not reliable in measuring all student’s academic growth in the core academic areas of reading, writing, math and/or science. Instead, teachers will be able to rely on their training and professional judgment to evaluate each child as an individual with multiple strengths and challenges. 
  • Families will not receive unreliable results and will be better able to chart their student’s growth over time by partnering with their teachers. 
  • Smarter Balanced should not be used as the achievement for Highly Capable eligible as there is no proven correlation between achievement on this particular test and advanced learning abilities Smarter Balanced was not intended for this purpose and doing will likely to lead to more racial and socio-economic disparity to advanced learning opportunities.
Signature of Parent/Guardian ______________________________
Date _______________________________

* This form is not published or approved by Seattle Public Schools. You are not required to use the District’s “Refusal to Participate in Assessments Form,” state the reasons for your decision, or agree to any of the assertions stated therein.

Opting out is as simple as emailing your principal.


Anonymous said…
For your consideration.
Anonymous said…
Are students now required to pass the SBAC in 11th grade in order to graduate? Does that mean the 10th grade test doesn't matter for the students' graduation requirements?

Anonymous said…
Go to the Washington State OSPI website and look up graduations requirements. The answers to all of your questions are there.
Anonymous said…
OK - found it on the OSPI website:
"ATTENTION CLASSES OF 2016 THROUGH 2019: If a student meets or exceeds the college- and career-ready threshold score on the Smarter Balanced ELA test as a 10th grader, he or she will not have to take that test in 11th grade."

Anonymous said…
So it sounds like the 9th grade SBAC isn't required. It could be good prep for 10th grade, though, since you'll want to take it then and hopefully pass and be done with it...


Anonymous said…
There's no 9th grade SBAC.

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