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Consent/Opt-Out for Specific Activities [PPRA]

Here are two sample opt-out letters parents can use to opt their children out of NCLB testing.

The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA), 20 U.S.C. § 1232h,
requires [School District] to notify you and obtain consent or allow you to opt your child out of participating in certain school activities.

These activities include a student survey, analysis, or evaluation that concerns one or more of the following eight areas (âprotected information surveysâ):

1. Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or studentâs parent;
2. Mental or psychological problems of the student or studentâs family;
3. Sex behavior or attitudes;
4. Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior;
5. Critical appraisals of others with whom respondents have close family relationships;
6. Legally recognized privileged relationships, such as with lawyers, doctors, or ministers;
7. Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or parents; or
8. Income, other than as required by law to determine program eligibility.

This requirement also applies to the collection, disclosure or use of student information for marketing purposes (âmarketing surveysâ), and certain physical exams and screenings.

The [School District] will provide parents, within a reasonable period of time prior to the administration of the surveys and activities, notification of the surveys and activities and be provided an opportunity to opt their child out, as well as an opportunity to review the surveys.
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Sample Letter #1

Opt-Out of Testing Notice
School District Name:
I do not wish my child, , to participate
in standardized achievement testing for promotion or school/state report cards.
I believe such testing to be unjust, counter-productive, and harmful to the education and
development of my child. Timed one-chance tests subject my child to possible
humiliation and failure without regard to variables in context or circumstance affecting
performance on the day of testing.
NCLB:

1. Is not scientifically-based.
2. Is test driven education and it is not meeting the individual needs of students.
3. Violates the US Constitution.
4. Supports complicity of corporate interests rather than democracy based on public
concerns.
5. Fosters coercion over cooperation with regards to federal funding for public
education.
6. Does not follow the U.S. Governmentâs own data on learning.
Ultimately, the State is required to provide my child with an education in a least
restrictive environment. My child should proceed to learn and develop at his or her own
pace with peers under the guidance of education professionals. The state oversteps its
bounds and does a disservice to the public when it ignores professionals in local schools,
arbitrarily making educational decisions based solely upon standardized tests.

Date Parent/guardian
Grade Student
Teacher School
Opt-Out

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Sample Letter #2

Opt-Out of Testing Notice

I do not wish my child, _______________________________, to participate in standardized
achievement testing for promotion or school/state report cards. I believe such testing to be unjust, counter-productive, and harmful to the education and development of my child. This stand is based upon my conscientious objection to the State using an arbitrary measure to make high-stakes decisions about my child with disregard to the input of this school districtâs educational professionals.

It is unjust to promote or retain my child based upon a one-time assessment when more authentic, reliable, and less harmful methods are available. Such methods include, but are not limited to, anecdotal teacher feedback, assignment grades, exhibitions, portfolios, grade point averages, and the average of multiple traditional assessments.

As a parent/guardian I consider the education and development of my child a chief responsibility
and priority. Timed, one-chance tests subject my child to possible humiliation and failure
without regard to variables in context or circumstances affecting performance on the day of
testing.

My child has a right to an education that is free of arbitrary constraints predicated on a
one-size-fits-all testing programâespecially when trained educational professionals are present
and able to make decisions. Public school teachers, counselors, and administrators, as agents of
the State, should have the final authority on whether to promote or retain my child.

Ultimately, the State is required to provide my child an education in a least restrictive
environment. My child should proceed to learn and develop at his or her own pace with peers
under the guidance of education professionals. The State oversteps its bounds and does a
disservice to the public when it ignores professionals in local schools, arbitrarily making
educational decisions based solely upon standardized tests.

Date Parent/guardian
Grade Student
Teacher School
Opt-Out

— government announcement

2007-09-16
http://www.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/hottopics/ht04-10-02.html


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