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Submit Your Opt Out Letter Now, ELA State Test is in 6 Weeks!

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!

Ready to Opt Out?  Here’s How

Sample Opt Out Letters


Spring 2017 Testing Schedule Grades 3-8

Grades 3-8 English Language Arts (ELA): Paper based March 28-30 Computer based March 27-April 3
Grades 3-8 math: Paper based May 2-4         Computer based May 1-8
Grades 3-8 Field Tests, ELA & math: TBA
Grades 4 & 8 science, performance: May 24-June 2 (school selects date)
Grades 4 & 8 science, written: June 5
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!

Is Testing Educational or Political?

 An NYCDOE superintendent, clearly following Chancellor’s orders, has been caught on videotape telling families at a public forum that their children’s teachers and principals shouldn’t speak to them about their professional opinions of the state’s standardized testing program. “It’s not their job,” says the superintendent, characterizing speech about the tests as “political,” as opposed to educational.  Read more here and then ask who’s the bully and who’s being “political?”