Thursday, August 20, 2009

Inform Parents of their Right to Opt Out of Testing!

Teachers: STAR Testing is fast approaching, and the pressure to practice for the tests is increasing. This is a reminder that according to the California Department of Education STAR Testing Regulations and the Ed Code, you have the right to inform parents of their right to opt out of the tests for their children (but not solicit or encourage).  (See below: emphasis added.) (
§ 852. Pupil Exemptions.
      A parent or guardian may submit to the school a written request to excuse his or her child from any or all parts of any test provided pursuant to Education Code section 60640. A school district and its employees may discuss the Standardized Testing and Reporting STAR Program with parents and may inform parents of the availability of exemptions under Education Code section 60615. However, the school district and its employees shall not solicit or encourage any written exemption request on behalf of any child or group of children.
NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 33031 and 60605, Education Code. Reference: Sections 60615 and 60640, Education Code.
For more information, including a sample letter that parents can give their principals, visit the CalCARE website at