Please provide a position on the practice of requiring test participation as a condition of a child’s enrollment.

Some districts and some schools are “requiring” test participation as prerequisite to schools’ enrollment. As we know, access to public education is provided in the Colorado Constitution. The Supreme Court has consistently ruled in favor of parents’ rights in decisions to direct their children’s education. Please provide an official CDE position on the practice of requiring test participation as a condition of a child’s enrollment.

 

Enrollment and student registration protocols and policies are determined by local boards of education and local districts. CDE does not play any role in this process or its enforcement.

 

District and school administrators who attempt to coerce or intimidate parental compliance for testing are acting on their own behalf and assuming legal liability. These districts and schools will soon discover that by not accepting parent refusals, which bear no consequences on summary scores, students may intentionally fail the tests, lowering summary scores. As school cultures grow more oppressive, they will be met with greater resistance.

This is from the Colorado Association of School Boards (CASB) recent comprehensive memorandum regarding the legal requirements concerning state assessments:

“We do not believe districts can force students to take the state assessments over the students’ or their parents’ objections. We also do not recommend that districts prohibit students who opt out of state assessments from returning to school during the testing window.”

 

 

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