DOE Resources on New Promotion Policy
This spring the NYC Department of Education (DOE) changed its promotion policy to align with a new state law that says that standardized test scores cannot be the sole or primary basis for promotion decisions. This means that children with low test scores or no test scores do not necessarily have to take an alternative assessment to be promoted. Because the policy is new, many school officials are still figuring out how to properly implement it. MORE INFORMATION HERE.
NYC Parents Talk about Why They’re Refusing the Tests
Sample Opt-Out Letters
Will My School Lose Funding?
From the NYC Department of Education
For the official take, see the NYCDOE’s Student Participation in Grades 3-8 New York State Tests Parent Guide (pdf)