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California Law Allows Opting out of Tests
The reference is Title 5 of the CaliforniaCode of Regulations, Division 1, Chapter 2, Subchapter 3.75
"Standardized Testing and Reporting Program", Section 852, (a).
Its under "more about STAR" on the SED website.

"A parent or guardian may submit to the school a written request toexcuse his or her child from any or all parts of any test provided
pursuant to Ed Code Section 60640 [a STAR is born}. The parent or guardian must initiate the request and the school district and its
employees shall not solicit or encourage any written request on behalf of any child."
The law is this:
California Education Code Section 60615. "Notwithstanding any provision of law, a parent's or guardian's written request to school
officials to excuse his or her child from any or all parts of the assessments administered pursuant to this chapter shall be granted."

Reports of conversation with Linda Lownes (916-654-5371) in SED who said that districts may inform parents of this right, but they dont have to; that any announcement must be in the same wording to all parents in the district [for equity's sake]; and that the district may not send out a form letter for parents to use. She couldnt give me a reference for this, but instead told me it had been said to administrators at meetings.
Then Les Axelrod (916-657-5198) in the Department, said he was speaking for the Department's lawyer (Carolyn Pirrillo,916-657-2453) and he said the Regulation is what there is; ie, the things said to administrators arent written down anywhere.

So it seems to me that teachers are allowed to inform but not solicit or encourage parents to opt out. It also seems to me that means we need to organize advocates and parents to do the soliciting and encouraging."
[Source: Parents and Kids Against Standardized Testing - Discussion - California]

Letters Sent

Bill Kowba, Superintendent of Schools
San Diego Unified School District

Groups and Organizations

Opt Out of State Standardized Tests - California


General Letter for CA including Ed. Code Sections:




Education Perspectives for Central Valley, Inc., 6% Club
  • Non-Profit Organization advocating for families with a support group for families opting out in California.