From the D15 CEC:
Dear Friends and Families of District 15,
The threat of a snow storm and the early announcement of school closures did not prevent people from attending the Joint Meeting with CEC 13 and CEC 15 on State Testing last week.
In fact, it was quite well attended, a full house of very diverse audience members that ranged from teachers, staff, families with lower grade students and families with testing age students.
Principals, teachers, and parents told personal stories of their experiences in relation to NYS State Testing and gave feedback on preferred alternatives. Leaders in the Opt Out movement gave compelling testimony. In addition, many questions were answered by DoE representatives.
And although we got through almost all of the questions and comments from the floor before the meeting ended, one question remained unclear to many.
Is there a provision allowing Opt Out? There is no formal provision to opt your child out of State tests. That means that there is no specific written process, or form to fill out, that is supplied by the DoE. However...
It is very parent's right to Opt Out of the State Testing. This right is acknowledged in NY state's plan to comply with ESSA (the federal law that replaces No Child Left Behind). In fact, Council Member Brad Lander, whose district falls largely within District 15, has sent the attached letter to constituents clarifying and reiterating that each family can make its own decision regarding test participation.
We want parents and guardians to understand that Opting Out of the State Tests is your protected right and is allowable.
Best of luck with your decision.
COMMUNITY EDUCATION COUNCIL DISTRICT 15
131 Livingston Street, Room 301, Brooklyn, NY 11201
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Camille Casaretti (President), Kathy Park Price (Co-Vice President), Scott Powell (Co-Vice President), Charles Star (Treasurer), Neal Zephyrin (Secretary), Antonia Ferraro, Elena Romero, Lili Velez, Mark Bisard, Nicole Brier & Yanfeng Zhang