All parents in New York State have the right to refuse the annual state tests given to children in grades 3 to 8.

Opting out is easy: Simply give your child’s teacher and principal a letter stating that you “refuse” the state tests. More info and sample letters below.

How to Opt-Out (in English and Spanish)

Sample Opt-Out Letters

Feel free to make up your own! These are merely guides.

Basic letter samples
English: .doc | .pdf (right-click to download)
Spanish: .doc | .pdf

Comprehensive letter samples:
ThisĀ  letter includes MOSLs (additional high-stakes tests used to evaluate teachers).
English: .doc | .pdf
Chinese: .pdf

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