Duval’s opt out plan, students can miss weeks of school or sit there and do nothing for hours.

Principals,

As
you know, the introduction of new standards and assessments has
resulted in more parents inquiring
about the right to opt their child out of state testing.  Below please
find the district’s opt-out protocol. Please note that state statute
explicitly states “participation in the assessment program is mandatory
for all school districts and all students attending
public schools”  and therefore the information should be shared verbally
with parents and not sent in a mass letter.  District employees should
not promote opting-out of testing.  It is also important to emphasize
that test results also influence school performance,
community perception, and teacher and principal evaluations.  

For
paper-based tests, the child may be kept out of school throughout the
duration of the testing window. 
If the child is present any day of the testing window, then they will be
brought to a testing room to sit for the exam.  If the child does
attend school during the testing window and it is their parent’s
preference that they not participate in the exam, then
the student will begin the test by listening to the directions, breaking
the seal on the test booklets, and may choose not to answer any
questions.  The student will be required to sit quietly with their test
materials until time is called and their test will
be scored.
 


For
computer-based tests , the child may be kept out of school throughout
the duration of the testing
window.  If the child is present any day of the testing window, they
will be brought to a testing room to sit for the exam.  If the child
does attend school during the testing window and it is their parent’s
preference that they not participate in the exam,
then the student will sign in to the computer and the testing website,
follow the directions provided to arrive at Question # 1, then click
“end test now” and remain on the review screen until time is called and
their test will be scored.




If you have additional questions, please contact Mr. Tom Scott, Director of Testing at scottt3@duvalschools.org.

NV

More on this later. 

3 Replies to “Duval’s opt out plan, students can miss weeks of school or sit there and do nothing for hours.”

  1. My son refused 9th grade FCAT. He was told he'd be put in remedial reading the following year. I told him that was an empty threat. Sure enough, a couple of weeks later, he received his recommended courses for 10th grade….Honors English and Math, probably based on the fact that he scored a 4 in 7th and 8th grade reading and a 5 on the Alg. EOC.

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