Most schools are still doing some form of state testing this year. State testing in general usually isn’t too stressful for the majority of students. Schools try hard to put a positive spin on the week, providing fun snacks and movement breaks for students. State tests don’t typically impact a student’s grade or progress in school, but they do offer a good indication to schools about what is and is not working for their student body as a whole.
Instead of the SBAC, the state assessment usually used in California, many schools are using a tool called “iReady” to evaluate student progress this year. The majority of the students in these schools have already taken iReady at some point within the year, and it could be valuable to compare results to see how your child is progressing this year.
But, with this in mind, sometimes participating in state testing would still negatively impact your child. There are various reasons for this. Some students have testing anxiety. Some students with moderate to severe disabilities participate in an alternate assessment and wouldn’t get the benefit of comparing results like the students using iReady. Some students desperately need all of the instructional time they can get, and taking more time for assessments would decrease that time.
Whatever your reasons, you, as the parent, have the right to opt your child out of state testing. This is not a special education or IEP team decision. Parents of students in general education have the same right. If you do want to opt out your child, contact your school’s front office staff to make the request. They will be able to put you in contact with the school’s testing coordinator.
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