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Can my child opt out of standardized testing?

Published: Mar. 7, 2022Updated: Nov. 22, 2022
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Generally speaking, if a student with significant cognitive impairment meets eligibility requirements to take alternate state assessments, districts are likely to recommend they do so. These include:

  • Whether the child has a “significant cognitive disability,”
  • Whether “the student is learning content linked to (derived from) the Common Core State Standards (CCSS),” and
  • Whether the child requires “extensive, direct individualized methods of accessing information in alternate ways.”

For more information on this topic, check out our article Building a Goal-Oriented Future: Earning a Diploma or a Certificate of Completion.


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Related Parent Questions

If my child opts out of standardized testing, can they still get a diploma?
Taking alternate assessments does not mean a student cannot still work toward a diploma. While state assessments help keep schools accountable and provide teachers — and parents — with a measure of a student’s progress, a student has the option of opting out of state testing altogether.
Is my child with an IEP required to participate in state testing?
Students are not required to take the statewide assessments. If a parent wants to opt their child out of state testing, they may do so by writing an email or letter to the school and simply stating that they would like to opt their child out of state testing for that academic school year.
What is included in school records?
School records can include transcripts of your child’s grades, test scores, special education records, completed courses, academic specializations, extracurricular activities, and more.

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