The NY State English Language Arts (April 5, 6, & 7) and Math (April 13, 14 & 15) tests DON’T COUNT FOR STUDENT PROMOTION, GRADES, OR MOST MIDDLE SCHOOL OR HIGH SCHOOL ADMISSIONS.  Yet test preparation is the main focus of our schools. 

Opting out is the best statement parents can make that we want a rich curriculum that teaches our children to be DECISION MAKERS—NOT JUST TEST TAKERS.

WHY DID 200,000 NY STATE PARENTS OPT-OUT IN 2015?

  1. Too much test prep, not enough teaching
    When schools are judged almost entirely by test scores, the tests become the focus of education. Math and English crowd out any time for gym, art, music, recess, and even science, and our children are given unhealthy amounts of homework and become stressed-out over school.
     
  2. The tests are not useful.
    The exam questions are so poorly written that a statement of 545 NY State principals noted that many teachers and principals could not agree on the correct answers. We cannot see the tests and they do not tell us what our children really know.
     
  3. Our tax money is being wasted.
    New York State is paying millions to test companies like Pearson while starving our schools of the funding we need in order to have smaller class sizes.
     
  4. Parent voices are making a difference!
    The huge numbers who opted out last year led President Obama and Governor Cuomo to change their opinion on testing. Lets keep refusing these damaging tests!

HELP MAKE OUR SCHOOLS BETTER! OPT-OUT!

Tell the principal in writing that you intend to “refuse” the tests on behalf of your child. 

For more information, visit: changethestakes.org and optoutnyc.com