Please read this article re: Arkansas and opting out.
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I didn’t really understand what all that meant. Am I able to opt out of standardized testing for my 3rd grader in arkansas? If so, how, and what are the possible consequences legally or otherwise?
We don’t know a lot about opting out in Arkansas yet. Honestly, we need someone to try opting out there to see what would happen. We also need someone to research the ed. statutes in Arkansas. You most definitely can opt out, the question is, what penalties/consequences might they try to enforce and what can you do to navigate around these consequences. It appears that they have consequences at the high school level and the Dept. of Ed. mentions remediation, but not sure exactly what that means – there are probably ways to fight that as your parental rights override their mandates. As I find out more information I will post it here!
From what I can tell reading through all the statutes the only absolutes are 2 high school level classes (Algebra I and English II). Outside of that there is little to go on. There are no requirements listed for grades 3,5 & 8 as some states have done. If a child does not take the test or fails a test (meaning no passing score is turned in to the ADE) there must be an AIP developed and put in place.
“”Academic Improvement Plan (AIP)” – a plan detailing supplemental or intervention and remedial instruction, or both, in deficient academic areas for any student who is not proficient on a portion or portions of the state- mandated Arkansas Comprehensive Assessment Program.”
The AIP must be designed in consultation with the parent:
“The AIP shall be developed cooperatively by appropriate teachers and/or other school personnel knowledgeable about the student’s performance or responsible for the remediation in consultation with the student’s parents. An analysis of student strengths and deficiencies based on test data and previous student records shall be available for use in developing the plan. The plan shall be signed by the appropriate school administrator and the parent/guardian.”
If every student that Opts Out must have an AIP designed and implemented it could get very overwhelming for schools.
Possibilities for parents:
1. Withdraw your child during testing and re-enroll following the testing window. Be sure you find out when retests are as well.
2. For PARCC – DO NOT SIGN ANY INTERNET PERMISSION FORMS AT THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR. PARCC is entirely online (as is some remediation) if you do not sign, they cannot take the test.
3. Make sure your child understands that fi they are forced in any way to sit for the test they are NOT to mark any answers.
REMEMBER: The Supreme Court has already ruled that YOU as a parent have the last word in your child’s education. Stand up for your child.
Overwhleming the system is one of our best tools. The more who Opt Out the better!
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