March 2018

Dear Rocky Point Parents and Guardians:

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As the time for administration of the NYS assessments draws near, a number of parents and guardians have requested information regarding how the district will address the issue of students not taking these tests, often referred to as “opting out.” Let me state that the district firmly supports parental engagement in the education of their children, including the important issue of the administration of the NYS assessments. As a district we will seek to honor requests regarding these assessments while complying with State Education Department (SED) regulations.

To address some of the most frequently asked questions regarding this matter, as well as reported changes to the assessments,below you will find responses to these important questions.

I know that there were a number of changes made to the grades 3-8 ELA and math assessments in the past. Will there be additional changes to the assessments this year?
The New York State Education Department has changed the number of days of administration for each of these assessments from three to two. However, the State has maintained the previously scheduled three-day window for administration of the exams and allowed each school district to decide on which dates to administer the assessments. The Rocky Point UFSD will be administering the grades 3-8 ELA assessments on April 11 and April 12; the grades 3-8 math assessments on May 1 and May 2.

If I don’t wish to have my child take the test(s), what should I do?
Parents and guardians who do not want their child to take the NYS assessment(s) may utilize the online form found by logging into the eSchool Parent Portal (copy and paste this link: https://parentportal.eschooldata.com/) or send a letter indicating this request to their child’s principal.

On the days of testing how will my request be honored? 
If you have previously submitted a letter indicating your request to your child’s principal, on the days of NYS testing your child will be assigned to an appropriate location within his/her school. Although we are required to present each student in attendance on the testing days with an exam, upon refusal the exam will be removed and your child will be permitted to read quietly.

Does my decision to “opt out” negatively impact my child’s education at Rocky Point UFSD?
Neither participating in the exam nor refusing to do so will be a determining factor for the district in determining advancement, placement or access to advanced courses (GATES, AP, honors, accelerated classes, etc.) and certain support services (ICARE, Summer SHARP, etc.).

Will my child’s education beyond Rocky Point UFSD be impacted if he/she does not participate in the assessments?
Although we cannot say how other public schools will handle the absence of an assessment score should you move to another school district, the NYS assessment scores are not part of documentation necessary for college and careers and, as such, should not be a factor in those aspects of your child’s future.

Since these are just several of the most common questions we have received, if you have additional questions please feel free to contact your child’s principal.

Sincerely,
Michael F. Ring, Ed.D.