Testing and Opt-Out Resources

Fact Sheet: Opting Out of State Tests

This fact sheet attempts to clear up the misinformation by reviewing the federal requirements for participation in the state assessments and potential consequences of opting-out for districts and students.

A letter to the Commissioner from NYSUT Executive Vice President, Jolene DiBrango

"Simply changing testing companies, reducing the number of days, and providing unlimited time is not enough to restore trust."

Fact Sheet: Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Overview

"The US Department of Education (USDE) is prohibited from mandating any specific curriculum, assessments or teacher evaluation system."

Fact-Checking the Commissioner

Commissioner MaryEllen Elia this week sent a misleading letter on grades 3-8 testing. Read the letter, along with our clarifications on the facts.


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