Opt Out & Test Prep Troubles:
Your NYC Story

Parents: Were you or your child given false or misleading information about opt out from someone in your school or district? Were you or your child treated unfairly or pressured to change your mind about refusing the tests? Do you feel like the nature, amount, and frequency of test preparation is out of balance in your child's school?

NYCDOE employees: Did your superintendent, principal, or other supervisor pass on false, misleading, or incomplete information about opt out or its consequences? Were you asked to dissuade families from refusing the test or encourage them to take it? Is the curriculum you are expected to teach dominated or inappropriately shaped by test prep?

Please fill out the form below to help NYC Opt Out document the difficulties New York City families and educators encountered during the spring 2018 testing season. If we share your stories on the web or with the press, we will not include any specific identifying information (your name, school, etc.) unless you give us permission to do so.

SUBMIT YOUR NYC OPT OUT TROUBLE
SUBMIT YOUR NYC TEST PREP STORY
Test prep is not only multiple choice drills. For ELA, for instance, prep might take the form of "short responses" the student is supposed to generate after reading passages (as opposed to longer stories or books).
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WANT TO SEND YOUR STORY TO THE STATE?

We encourage you to also share your story with the State Education Department and the Board of Regents. If you are so inclined, copy the story you typed above and paste it in this complaint form: https://actionnetwork.org/letters/stop-misinformation-on-test-refusals As the highest education officials in the state, they should not be allowing misinformation and intimidation to spread unchecked.