The Common Core SBAC test is intentionally designed to fail as many as 70 percent of the children. With the Common Core SBAC Testing period beginning in March and running through May, now is the time to opt your child or children out of this destructive testing program.
The most important fact for Connecticut parents and guardians to understand is that there is absolutely no federal or state law, regulation or policy that allows the State of Connecticut or a local school district to punish a child if their parent decides to opt them out of the discriminatory, unfair and inappropriate Common Core Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) test.
Opt out letters should be sent to your child’s school principal. You may also want to send a copy of your letter to your district’s superintendent of schools.
The underlying problem is that last year Governor Malloy’s Commissioner of Education issued a directive to all local school superintendents providing them with a step-by-step guide on how to mislead parents into believing that they did not have the right to opt their child or children out of the Common Core SBAC Test.
Although last year’s memo was an outrageous breach of professional conduct, the Malloy administration has yet to provide local school superintendents with the correct information about a parent’s fundamental right to opt their children out of the Common Core testing.
A number of local superintendents understand the law and the issues surrounding the Common Core test and are accepting opt out letters without causing a problem.
Some are initially rejecting a parent’s request with the hope that the parent will simply give up and allow their child to take the destructive test, but are then allowing a parent to opt their children out after the initial refusal.
Still other school districts are continuing to bully and intimidate parents by requesting that the parents explain why they have made the decision to opt their child or children out of the Common Core Testing scheme.
And some continue to refuse to recognize that parents have the right to simply say no to this unfair testing program.
To be absolutely clear, parents have absolutely no obligation to explain why they are taking action to protect their children…they simply need to inform their local school district that their child or children will not be taking the Common Core test and that the district need to place the child in an appropriate learning environment while the inappropriate test is being given.
Parents who want to engage their local school officials in a discussion about the appropriateness of the Common Core SBAC test can find plenty of background information here at Wait, What? and at other pro-public education websites, but any parent who wants to opt out their child or children can do so by simply informing their local school district, in writing, that their child will not to take the Common Core SBAC test and should be removed from any activities associated with the test.
There are no magic words that need to be included in a parents opt out letter.
All it needs to be is a direct statement instructing the local school district that the child is not to be given the Common Core SBAC test or saddled with any of the other activities associated with the Common Core testing program. The letter should also make clear that that the parent requests and is expecting that the child be provided with an alternative, educationally appropriate activity while the test activities are taking place.
The following is a sample opt out letter that parents can use or revise as they deem necessarily,
Additional model letters will be posted here and can be found via an Internet search for Common Core Test or SBAC opt out letters.
DRAFT OPT OUT LETTER
Dear Principal _____________,’
Thank you for all you do for my child, ___________ (child’s full name), and for our school.
I am writing to inform you that ________ is not to take any tests produced by or related to the Common Core Smarter Balanced Assessment Coalition (SBAC).
Although I recognize that the language in Connecticut State Statute 10-14n mandates that students take a statewide mastery examination, I know that there is no federal or state law, regulation or policy that allows the state or local district to punish a child who does not participate in the testing program.
In fact, each year there are thousands of Connecticut public school students who do not take the mandated tests.
I am writing to request that the school district provide my child with an appropriate education related learning alternative during any Common Core SBAC testing periods or activities.
Parent’s name and contact information