Will there be any imposed penalties to districts, schools, teachers, parents or students for test refusals?

Performance ratings are lowered one category when a school or district does not meet the 95% test participation rate in two or more content areas. Participation requires a valid score. There are reasons other than “refusal to participate” that classify records to count as non-participants. Requirements for participation are expected not to change for 2014-15. There are no other imposed penalties to districts, schools, teachers, parents or students at the state level.

 

According to Colorado Senate Bill 09-163, CDE has the discretion to adjust the calculations as it relates to determining performance ratings, see section 22-11-103(23) and 22-11-204(6)(c) below. As long as schools/districts provide written documentation of parent refusals, schools can appeal any drop in ratings or accreditation.

 

THE DEPARTMENT, BY POLICY, MAY DETERMINE WHETHER THE SCORES OF ONE OR MORE GROUPS OF STUDENTS ARE NOT APPROPRIATE TO BE USED IN MEASURING THE LEVELS OF ATTAINMENT ON THE PERFORMANCE INDICATORS, AS DEFINED IN SECTION 22-11-103(23) (p. 101).

 

THE DEPARTMENT MAY ADJUST THE CALCULATIONS SPECIFIED IN THIS SECTION AS NECESSARY TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT STUDENTS FOR WHOM NO SCORE IS RECORDED ON THE STATEWIDE ASSESSMENTS. 22-11-204(6)(c) (p. 25).

 

United Opt Out provides an Opt Out guide for each state.

 

Additional Opt Out resources can be found at my website: https://www.angelaengel.com/high-stakes-testing/resources

 

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