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We must continue to Refuse!

Public education is under attack.  As New York City parents, we need to send a strong message to Washington, DC, to Albany, and to City Hall.  We see obstacles mounting higher that compromise our public schools, so the voices and actions of parents must play a crucial role in the fate of public education.  Last year, state and city officials acknowledged that opting out is a PARENT’S RIGHT and that students and schools cannot be punished for opting out.  Learn why we must continue to opt out  and deal a final, crushing blow to the test-and-punish policies of the NYS Education Department!optout4x6_English-page-001

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Spring 2018 NYS Testing Schedule Grades 3-8


Grades 3-8 English Language Arts (ELA): Paper based April 11-12*   Computer based April 10-17
Grades 3-8 math: Paper based May 1-2*  •  Computer based May 1-8
*As per NYSED guidelines, though the paper-based testing window is three days, districts can determine which
dates the test will be administered. NYC has chosen these two consecutive dates as the primary test
Grades 3-8 Field Tests, ELA & math: Computer-based Monday, May 21 – Friday, June 8
Paper-based Tuesday, May 29 –Friday, June 8
NYSESLAT Monday, February 26 – Friday, March 9
Grades 4 and 8 Science Monday, May 7 –
Friday, May 18
Grades 4 & 8 science, performance: May 23 – June 1
Individual school selected date(s)
Grades 4 & 8 science, written: June 4
NYSESLAT Speaking: Monday, April 10-Friday, May 19 (school selects dates)
NYSESLAT Listening, Reading, Writing: Monday, May 8-Friday, May 19 (school selects dates)

How To Opt Out Of The NY State Test

NYC Parents Explain Why They Refuse!