Attention School Board Members, School Districts, Teachers, Parents, Students and Members of the Community:
I am forwarding you the email below which I received from Dr. Barbara Haney addressing the assessments that will soon be underway. This provides confirmation that parents have not only the right but the mechanism for their children to not take the AMP assessments if they so choose. I do hope you make this option known to the parents and students before administering the tests.
Please take the time to review the link provided which explains how parents (students) have a choice of whether or not they wish for their child to take the AMP Tests and have that data collected in the P20W database along with other sensitive personal data.
This is the Information on how to refuse the AMP test. All you have to say is NO THANK YOU.
President of the Alaska State Board of Education explaining that a parent has the right to refuse the test. http://youtube/msKkNq0fBtQ
Not all who should be aware of this have been notified and contacted. Please make sure all those you know who are involved and affected are aware of this information. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email Dr. Haney.
Below is the letter from Barbara Haney for all to read and share:
In a very strange turn of events, the District Test Coordinator Manual written by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development was recently sent to one of our parent activists. Strangely, it was sent to a member of our group by an official of ASD in an effort to prove to us that Alaska doesn’t share the AMP test in the P-20W (database), which is clearly not true.
However, the document appears to be authentic. It can be found at http://tiny.cc/AMPBOOK.
Based on this information, it seems that REFUSE will get a family out of the test, but it does not appear to get a student out of the P-20W. Withdrawal still appears at the present time to be the only way out of both the test and the data.
The key here is that the District Test Coordinator Manual does provide a mechanism to refuse the test.
According to page 112, an email, letter, note, or phone call is sufficient evidence that a parent has refused testing. The Opt Out language is not recognized–Parent Refusal is the language.
On page 112, the procedure for parent refusal is given; but it is given after a lengthy legal discussion of the right of the Alaska Department of Education to impose the test and the consequences of this refusal. Nevertheless, the procedure for Parent refusal is given.
On page 113, there is a log sheet titled “Assessment Log and Irregularity Report.” This page shows the information the state wants on each refusal and shows how district coordinators are to enter the data.
The question is… does this data go into the P-20W? The screen information appears to have the same “look” as the Online Alaska Student Information System subscreen for Parent Refusal, which gets to the other original issue of the P-20W. This is something that needs to be clarified, but as far as I can see, this is a legal way to proceed to not take the test. However, it appears that Withdrawal is the only method to escape the P-20W.
However, the method to refuse the test appears to be documented in the test manual. It probably doesn’t get a family out of the P-20W.
[See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dZsx0XEt3o ]
Please share this information with others and in any presentations you might give or any relevant email lists you may have that relates to common core, or any other forum, private or public, that you see suitable and relevant.
Barbara Haney, Ph.D.
Alaskans Against Common Core
facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/StopCommonCoreAK