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    I am working on an Opt Out–Why/How To Guide with a member of the Collapse the Core Executive Session FB Group. We are finalizing it now and should have it up on the Parents Across RI website in the next few weeks. It will also be posted on the RI Opt Out Guide. I am including an email I got from the Director, Office of Instruction, Assessment, & Curriculum at the RI Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education. On Sept. 24, in response to pointed questions I had asked her, she wrote: PARCC is in the process of establishing codes for students who do not participate in the PARCC assessment. Students who opt out of participation in the assessment, like other students who do not take the assessment for a variety of reasons, would not receive a score. For school accountability and for public reports, we calculate both participation rates and the percentage of students who attain proficiency (and other scoring levels). Students who opt out of participation on state assessments will be counted as a non-participant when we calculate participation rates, but the nonparticipating students will not receive a score of “0” when we calculate the percent of students who attained proficiency.
    It is up to local school districts to determine what accommodations will be available to students who do not participate in PARCC assessment. Parents should meet with their children’s teachers or other school or district leaders to determine what their children will do during the time when other children are taking state assessments.
    Opting out of participation in state assessments, under current state laws and regulations, will not affect a student’s placement, grade retention, or receipt of special services, nor will opting out affect a teacher’s evaluation. Parents should discuss with local school officials whether any local policies in their district or school can affect placement, grade retention, or receipt of special services. For high-school students, however, participation in state assessments has been a diploma requirement since 2003. Under a state law passed this year, state assessments cannot be a diploma requirement until the Class of 2017 – our current 10th graders.

    • Excellent work — thank you! In CA, we are thinking of adding a clause to the opt out letter that requests that the district issue OPT IN forms for any CCSS-related testing and to seek public release of both questions and answers to any CCSS end of year tests administered, so that the public and parents and students can double check the accuracy of the testing material.

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