1. Why opt outWhy Opt Out?
2. When to opt out
3. How to opt out of PSSA's (Keystone exam information HERE) and PSSA refusal
4. How to opt out of test prep such as CDT's and Study Island
There are many reasons to opt out of the PSSA's and they are listed below. Before you go to the list, I urge you to read this blog post: PA: Ugly Cut Scores Coming by Peter Greene. He explains how the cut scores came to be for the 2015 PSSA's scores. The test scores are manipulated AFTER the scores are in by a small group of people in Harrisburg and they are politically and financially motivated. These scores are NOT a determination of a students abilities, knowledge or achievement.
1. The tests are developmentally inappropriate for grade level and age (usually 2 grades, or more, levels higher)
2. Scores come back in September when students are already promoted to the next grade and new teacher(s)
3. Teachers, students and parents do not get any student specific information from these tests. The results are a word and a number. For example: Student Name; 1568; Proficient. That is it!
4. The tests are not graded by teachers, or people with an education background! The only qualification required is proof of a college degree. More information HEREWhen to Opt Out?
You can start the process to opt out any time during the school year. Many parents opt out in the beginning of the year so they can also opt their children out of test prep, such as Study Island and CDT's. More information HERE. NOTE: Opt out letters can be emailed or mailed, I would email so you have record of when it was sent.
How to Opt Out of the PSSA's
Parent request in writing to the building principal to review exam within two weeks of exam. Sample letter: