State-mandated testing opt-out guidanceAll principals, assistant principals, and ILEDs / Deadline: April 18
According to the Maryland State Department of Education, “neither COMAR [n]or the Education Article of the Maryland Code include any provision that would provide legal authority for parents to opt their children out of statewide assessments such as HSA, MISA or PARCC.”
If a parent requests that their child be “opted out” of PARCC testing, principals should take the following actions.
First action: An email message or letter should be sent from the school to the parent to notify her or him that opting out of the test is not an option. (See sample template.) If a parent or guardian continues to refuse a child’s participation in the test, the principal should notify his or her ILED and the ILED should take the second action.
Second action: A follow-up letter should be sent from the district to the parent explaining the principal’s correspondence and reiterating that there are no provisions for opting out. ILEDs will use the letter template, ensure that a copy of the communication is included in the student’s cumulative record, and send a copy to Chief Academic Officer Sean Conley at firstname.lastname@example.org, Chief Achievement and Accountability Officer Theresa Jones at email@example.com, and Chief of Schools Andre Cowling at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions, email Carol Wilson in the Achievement and Accountability Office at email@example.com.Click here for other items in the April 6, 2017 Leadership Action Update.