3-2-1 BLAST OFF! CHANGE THE STAKES, NYC OPT OUT AND PARENT-ADVOCACY GROUPS APPLAUD PS 321’S REFUSAL TO GIVE JUNE FIELD TESTS. WE URGE ALL PARENTS TO SAY NO!
Change the Stakes, in affiliation with grassroots education reform groups statewide, urges all New York City schools and the parents of children targeted for field testing to follow the lead of PS 321. Become aware of the field tests and opt out—as a school or individually.
Read Entire Press Release Here
We are calling on parents to contact their district TODAY and request that their school districts RETURN the 2016 grade 3-8 stand-alone field tests to the NYS Education Department (NYSED) and at a minimum, parents should complete and submit this refusal letter on behalf of their children. Here’s the list of schools being field tested this year: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/assessment/fieldtest/2016fteirev2.xls.
Here is the list of NYC Schools by District
NYC Opt Out recently launched a “toolkit” website to help parents organize their own school communities. It provides a handy introduction to the state tests (delineates the arguments against them), sample opt out letters, informational events, flyers, talking points, a downloadable audio presentation, organizing tips and much more. Visit the website over the next month, as we will add more handouts and more Spanish translations. Please follow us on Facebook as well.
How To Opt Out Of The NY State Test
NYC Parents Explain Why They Refuse!
Grades 3-8 English Language Arts (ELA): April 5-7
Grades 3-8 math: April 13-15
Grades 3-8 Field Tests. ELA & math: June 1-10 (school selects date)
Grades 4 & 8 science, performance: May 25-June 3 (school selects date)
Grades 4 & 8 science, written: June 6
NYSESLAT Speaking: April 12-May 13 (school selects date)
NYSESLAT Listening, Reading, Writing: May 2-May 13 (school selects date)
Call to Educational Justice Conference
On October 17th, 2015 hundreds of parents, educators and students came together in NYC to discuss a new vision for public education. Listen to Principal Jamaal Bowman’s powerful opening statement and his call to action! Please share this video widely!
This will be a crucial year for Opt Out in New York State, and NYC needs to do our part! We TRIPLED our opt out numbers between 2014 and 2015 and had significant opt out activity in all 5 boroughs! Now it’s time to show the powers that be in Albany that NYC parents are not to be messed with! Yes, there are a lot of obstacles in our way, but now that state and city officials have acknowledged that opting out is a PARENT’S RIGHT and that students and schools cannot be punished for opting out, this is THE year for us to opt out and to deal a final, crushing blow to the test-and-punish policies of the NYS Education Department!