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!
Sample Opt Out Letters
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)
NYC Parents Explain Why They Refuse!