Opt Out of Field Tests, 2014

From June 2-11, select schools across New York State will be administering field tests in various grade levels.

What are field tests? According to NY Stop Testing,

A “field test” is an exam that Pearson uses to help create the “regular” exams for our children.  So basically our students are being used as “test subjects” to create future tests.  This is another huge waste of valuable education time trying out test questions for the “real” tests, both of which do nothing to improve our children’s education.

Check the list to see if your school is participating. If it is, contact your administration and Board of Education and ask them to join the growing list of schools who will be marking their packets of field tests “return to sender” and NOT administering.

Most want to refuse but are afraid. As a parent, you have the right to boycott field tests on behalf of your child.

Here is a letter you can use to opt your child out of field testing:

Dear Administrator,

Thank you for all that you do for our students. I am refusing any traditional and/or PARCC field tests, for my child, (name of child) that are expected to be administered later this spring.

I understand that (name of school) will be administering field tests. Our children are already over tested, and I see no good reason to subject my child to yet another assessment that will take away valuable instructional time. I am of the opinion that field tests use our children as unwilling and unpaid participants for market research so that testing companies can create their products. I am already opposed to the testing culture that dominates our schools today, and I will not allow my child to participate in any testing that enhances the corporate influence in our school.

To be clear, my child will not be participating in any of the upcoming field tests of any nature.

Thank you,

Name of Parent/Guardian

Join the conversation on Facebook at Oneonta Area for Public Education.

About Betsy Bloom

Betsy is an Associate Professor of Education at Hartwick College in Oneonta NY. She is also a parent of two, a nine year veteran middle school social studies teacher and the current president of the NYS Foundations of Education Association, an organization dedicated to achieving social justice through public education.
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