Parents across Idaho are refusing to allow their children to participate in the end-of-year school testing. This testing is called the ISAT 2.0 or SBAC. It is usually administered in early to mid-March. (For context, click HERE for a letter from the Idaho chapter of National Education Guardians, dated February 16, 2020.)
All parents should be aware that:
★ No adult in the school is allowed to watch the computer screens during the test
★ Test questions are never released to the parents or the school
★ The test scores are not helpful in directing the education practices of a school or classroom
★ Many children experience a great amount of stress associated with the test, which can take four or more hours to complete.
To Opt-Out of the ISAT 2.0
● Print-out the attached Opt-Out Form
● Fill it out
● Take a copy to your child’s school principal
During the process of opting your child out of the testing, you may hear the following comments from administrators and district officials. Below each comment is a possible
response. Be sure to request that all correspondence be sent to you in writing.
1. Your child has to stay home during the testing window.
I am a taxpayer, and you do not have the authority to bar my child from accessing this public school.
2. Your child will not graduate without the test.
The ISAT 2.0 (SBAC) test is not a requirement for graduation in Idaho.
3. Your child will not be allowed to move to the next grade.
As a parent, I have the legal right to request the use of a portfolio or alternative assessment to demonstrate my child’s ability.
4. We cannot supply alternative activities for your child during testing.
It is my child’s right as a public school student to receive instruction daily, and if you do not do so, I will file a discrimination report with the district and consult an attorney.
5. You will cause the school to be deemed failing, and it will be under sanction or lose federal funding.
To date, no school has been closed for parents opting their children out of testing. Federal funding is designated for use with special-needs students and is in no way
linked to the SBAC test.