In Rhode Island, while students are expected to participate in standardized state assessments, there is no law that requires them to do so. This is affirmed in the Commissioner Field Memo from February 2015.
and the email below:
Note that in August 2015, the New York State Department of Education affirmed that despite the more than 200,000 refusals in the state, US Department of Education affirmed it was leaving any decision about financial penalties due to refusals to the state. See the NYT article, or the PDF here: Won’t Lose Money – The New York Times.
Parents who object to their children taking standardized state assessments like the PARCC test have been successful in the 2014/2015 school year in refusing testing by submitting a letter to their district. Sample text of a refusal letter is below. It is best to send this letter to your school’s principal as early as possible.
PARCC Refusal Sample Letter
TO: School Principal
RE: Jane / John Doe
Dear School Principal:
My child/children, who is/are a student(s) in the School, will not be participating in PARCC testing for the school year(s) 20XX-XX. As their parent/guardian, I am refusing their participation in this standardized testing. Jane/John is currently in the Xth grade at XXX School. In addition, please allow this letter to serve as notice that my child/children will not take part in any surveys given in the classroom. I request that they are to bring any such surveys home for my review before completing or turning them in to class/school. Thank you for your cooperation.
I will provide my child with appropriate reading material that they may read quietly, or complete homework if it is permitted, during testing time.