Can I have my child opt-out of state exams?
In short, No. New York State was granted a waiver from having to meet AYP (Annual Yearly Progress) by the Federal Department of Education for agreeing to fast track education reforms including Common Core testing and tying teacher evaluations to student test scores.
As long as your school was considered in good standing there will be no impact for a drop in performance or for not meeting the 95% participation rate through the 2014-2015 school years. Essentially, parents have these two years to express their dissatisfaction with education reforms in New York by refusing to have their children take these tests.
For a more comprehensive response go to this page created by NYSAPE.
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