Sample Letters & Other Documents

You will find a variety of useful document in the Files section of this page.  Currently you will find sample  refusal letters and the original version of the New Jersey Opt Out Guide - as soon as the new edition with the refusal information is completed it will be uploaded. Note: The Guide is not a legal document. It is for informational purposes only.

In 2014-15, the NJ ASK will be replaced by the PARCC tests created by Pearson.  We will be refusing the PARCC tests and we do not yet know what the state will do with regard to a student's refusal to participate in testing.  Last year we found the refusal code V2, we have no indication of what coding will be the same going forward. We urge you to use the language of refusal in the upcoming school year.  

This is the first document submitted for the 2014-15 School year - it comes out of South Brunswick I believe. There's a great deal of information in addition to a sample letter at the end.  If you have a letter you would be willing to share - please send it along.

Opt Out Guidelines



The letters below are examples from 2013-14 when folks refused a variety of tests including the NJ ASK

Refusal letters come in all sizes.  We will build a collection of letters on this page as we move forward.  For now here are a couple of example of a refusal letters. You can find a Word version in the files below.

I understand some folks can't the documents below.  Scroll down and after each Google Document, you'll see the text on the website.


NJASK Letters from 2013-14

Test Refusal Letter



Superintendent

Anywhere Public Schools

123 Easy Street

Anytown, NJ 01234                                               


Date

Dear ____________________

        We are writing today to formally inform the district of our decision to refuse to allow our daughter/son _________________in the NJ ASK and all standardized assessments imposed on her/his for remainder of the 2013-2014 school year.  The NJ ASK should be coded a V2 and not a 0. Our refusal should in no way reflect on the teachers, administration, or school board. We simply see these tests as harmful, expensive, and a waste of time and valuable resources.


        Our child will not participate in any assessments other than those solely for the use of the individual classroom teacher. We refuse to allow any data to be used for purposes other than the individual teacher’s own formative or cumulative assessment. Any assessment whose data is used to determine school ranking, teacher effectiveness, state or federal longitudinal studies or any other purpose other than for the individual classroom teacher’s own use to improve her instruction will not be presented to ________________. To be clear, our daughter/son will not participate in the following:


        ● Any state assessment

        ● Any so-called “benchmark” exams whether they are teacher-designed or not, since                  these exams are imposed by entities other than the individual teacher.

        ● Pre–assessments connected to “Student Learning Objectives”.

        ● Any surveys, or “field tests” given by corporate or government entities or testing                   companies.

        ● Any progress- monitoring or RTI assessments such as Aimsweb

        ● Any exam used to formulate an evaluation or score for our daughter’s teachers or their            school.

       

We believe in and trust our highly qualified and dedicated teachers and administrators. We believe in the high quality of teaching and learning that occur in our child’s school. We hope our efforts will be understood in the context in which they are intended: to support the quality of instruction promoted by the school, and to advocate for what is best for our child and more broadly, all children.

       

Sincerely,

Concerned Parents

cc:    Principal

        Classroom Teacher

        BOE



sample letter REFUSAL


Re:  NJ ASK




Dear Mr (principal)


I would like to inform you that I will be refusing to allow my son ______ to participate in the high stakes testing in 2014 in particular the NJ ASK for many reasons. Foremost, I refuse because they are using these tests to fail children, teachers, schools and communities all over the country, and ultimately, they are being used to dismantle the public school system.  I also refuse these tests because I believe (childs name)  teachers are professionals who are able to determine( childs name)strengths, attempts and next steps. These tests are also unfair to children who have an IEP. The Common Core Curriculum violates IDEA and FAPE.

These tests  are unnecessary.  I trust the teachers at  (school name) and know that they will be able to support (childs name) every step of the way.  I do ask that (childs name) be allowed to read or engage in other learning activities during testing times and return to regular class after testing is over for every day each day.


Thank you for your understanding and respecting my right as a parent to refuse high stakes state testing and this should also be coded V2


Sincerely,



(parent’s names)


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