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Testing opt-out/refusal guide for: ALASKA
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!laska &omprehensi2e #ystem of #tudent !ssessments +omepage
Alaskas assessment system is composed of a seven statewide assessments including a
standards-based assessment to measure student attainment of the states standards; the
Kindergarten Developmental Profile; an Early iteracy !creener; an alternate
assessment for students with significant cognitive disabilities; an assessment to identify
English language proficiency; a college and career readiness assessment; and biennial
participation in the "ational Assessment of Education Progress#
!laska 'easures of (rogress 0!'(1
!laska #cience #tandards 3ased !ssessment 0#cience #3!1
!lternate !ssessment 0!$-/"'1
&ollege 4 &areer )eadiness !ssessment 0!&T, #!T, 4 Work$eys1
!laska /e2elopmental (rofile 0/(1
*arly "iteracy #creeners
*nglish "anguage (roficiency !ssessment 0!&&*## for *nglish "earners1
!&T or #!T
,ational !ssessment of *ducational (rogress 0,!*(1
For 5678-5679 testing calendar see:
http:;;education.alaska.go2;tls;assessment;testingdates.html
In <an 5678, !laska pulled out of the #marter 3alanced !ssessment &onsortium 0#3!&1
and replaced it with !ssessment 4 !chie2ement Institute 0!!I1 to create its *nglish
"anguage !rts and 'athematics assessments in grades =-76. !!I is tailored specifically
to its new state standards, which 2ary slightly from the &ommon &ore #tate #tandards on
which the consortium%s test is >ased. It will >e first administered in spring 5679. For more
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information see:.
https:;;education.alaska.go2;news;releases;5678;!ssessment?contractor?<an?5678.pdf
The state legislature and /**/ ha2e replaced the high school e@it e@am 0+#AB*1 with
either !&T, #!T, or Work $eys assessments.
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/etail here important rules or regulations a>out assessments. For instance, specific
graduation and promotion requirements, entrance requirements for special programs,
and;or proportions of final grades. These should >e understood >efore an opt-out or
refusal is considered.
T+e former (S,-. /as listed as a re0uirement for graduation1 (o/e2er3 n
Alas4a3 students can decide /+et+er t+ey /ant to participate in t+e SAT or ACT
tests. http:;;www.edweek.org;ew;articles;5678;76;5C;76satact.h=8.html
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This section includes information on specific laws, statutes, and procedures, including
loopholes, e@ceptions, alternati2es, and potential consequences.
,o specific opt out or refusal pro2ision can >e found for general students. !laska e@pects
all children to >e tested, >ut is 2ague as to the consequences for not completing all tests.
fficial e@emptions appear to >e 2ery limited. +owe2er, you may first attempt to see if
your child qualifies. If they do not, then you may ha2e to test the limits of refusal for the
2arious tests.
%arent 'efusal is listed as one of the num>er of items that may affect o2erall student
participation rate in a gi2en test. #ee
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ion1pdf
DTesting refusalD is also included in writing as an option on the #3! testing form 0code
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78989:9789sba789science/science/a4science89:95appendi6;1pdf
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This section includes current issues and policies specific to this state, namely school
>udget issues, influence of outside groups, elections, and other issues affecting children.
(lease e@plain why opting out of high-stakes testing is important to sa2ing pu>lic
education in this state.
+#T:
Is not scientifically->ased and fails to follow the U.#. Ao2ernment%s own data on
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learning.
Fosters test dri2en education that is not meeting the indi2idual;intellectual needs
of students.
(resents a racial and economic >ias that is >eneficial to white middle;upper class
students and detrimental to second language students, impo2erished students, and
students of color.
Is in opposition to the correcti2e action in gaps in opportunity and resources
sanctioned >y the Fiscal Fairness !ct.
#upports complicity of corporate interests rather than democracy >ased on pu>lic
concerns.
Fosters coercion o2er cooperation with regards to federal funding for pu>lic
education.
(romotes a culture of lying, cheating, and e@ploitation within the school
community.
+as used the achie2ement gap to foster a Ede factoD segregation that has resulted
in separate and unequal education for minorities.

!dditionally, data collection of student%s pri2ate information cannot >e guaranteed
security or that it will not >e a>used in some way >y third party entities.

!s &ommon &ore is implemented, the num>er of tests and test-centric acti2ities will
increase dramatically. "ow;poor test scores, which are likely to occur with more
frequency with &ommon &ore, will >e used to fire teachers, replace human interaction
with the internet ;technology dri2en acti2ities 0e2en in elementary schools1, and close
community pu>lic schools and replace them with for-profit charter schools.
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This section includes sample phrases or language rele2ant to specific procedures in this
state and;or a complete sample opt-out;refusal letter.
/ear ???????:

I am writing on >ehalf of ????? to opt him;her out of the 0test name1. +e;she is neither
permitted to take the e@am during mandated testing days nor during designated make-up
sessions. !dditionally, I am requesting that the school make accommodations for
meaningful alternati2e acti2ities or assignments that will continue to promote his;her
academic and intellectual growth. 'y child will not >e in attendance if academically
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2ia>le alternati2es are not a2aila>le. Furthermore, I must >e guaranteed in writing that
whate2er option is taken, either alternati2e assignments or a>sence, my child will not face
any negati2e consequences to, for e@ample, course grades, social or >eha2ioral
e2aluations, workload, promotion, or future classroom assignments.

#trict adherence to state and federal high-stakes standardiFed testing, including the
e@tensi2e classroom preparation that occurs prior to test administration, pre2ents my
child from recei2ing a well-rounded and engaging educational e@perience. Until focus on
testa>le skills diminishes to a reasona>le e@tent, I will continue to withhold my child
from participation in the testing program, and I ask that you honor that decision.

I do apologiFe in ad2ance for the incon2enience or scrutiny that this decision may cause
the administration, the school, and staff.

#incerely,

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'"S!.'C"S A$& !',A$=AT!$S
This section lists resources and organiFations helpful in this state in the form of names,
links, email contact information, or otherwise. This is an opportunity to >uild a grassroots
>ase in this state.
For more information on !ssessment, !ccounta>ility and #tudent Information:
Alas4a &ept1 of "ducation > "arly &e2elopment
G67 West 76th #treet, #uite 566
( 3o@ 776966
<uneau, !$ CCG77-6966
Telephone: 0C6H1 8I9-5G66
TT.;TT/: 0C6H1 8I9-5G79
Fa@: 0C6H1 8I9-879I
http:;;www.eed.state.ak.us;tls;assessment;
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This final section contains a list of names, organiFations, or other entities to track or
otherwise know >y name when scanning local media. These are indi2iduals and
organiFations that potentially undermine pu>lic education in this state and can include
entities from outside the state that are influencing local affairs.
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,ote: 'uch of the *ducation )eform mo2ement in !laska is >eing spearheaded >y
organiFations with a >roader >usiness focus.
!laska (olicy Forum
'ake !laska &ompetiti2e &oalition
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!nything else we should know a>out education reform in your stateJ
'ost recent educational protests ha2e focused on >udget reductions >ased on recent ta@
cuts granted to the oil industry. rganiFations such as 3ack>one ha2e Koined in the fight
to fully support pu>lic education, >ut ha2e a >roader focus.
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