To the Parents of students in grades 3 through 8:
The New York State Education Department will shortly begin its spring testing for English Language Arts and mathematics grades 3 to 8. While you have received communication from your child’s principal there are several points that I would like to emphasize.
Our school district has had one of the highest rates of test refusals (opt outs) in Dutchess County. While we have respected the right of parents to make the decision not to have their student test, the consequences of high percentages of refusals have increased significantly.
At the insistence of parents, teachers and school officials the state has made changes to the testing program. While we would have liked to see more modifications, the changes that were made were significant.