Hello Middle School Families,
If you are thinking of having your child refuse this month's State Tests (ELA & Math), please let the school know ASAP, preferably by Monday, Friday, April 4. **
Print out, fill out, and give the attached Opt-Out Letter to your child to bring to school.
Send an email to Assistant Principal Mark Mazzone firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name, your child’s name, grade and advisory teacher or class (if you know it). Use the subject line: Permission to Opt Out
** You can decide right up until the test day, Tuesday, April 5th but it will be easier for the school to plan if you make your decision known earlier.
Testing at ICE FAQ:
+What happens on testing days at ICE? If the number of children refusing is as high as it was in previous years, one classroom will be set aside for test takers. The rest of the students will continue to engage in meaningful learning in their classrooms. No homework will be assigned.
+How will my child’s promotion be affected? Whether you take or refuse the test, promotion is not affected.
+What about high school admissions? While we hope that everyone stays at ICE (that's another conversation!), we understand that some parents will consider other possibilities. Here's what one such parent wrote about her experience with the HS admissions process: My son went to ICE for middle school, and opted out of all the standardized tests. He then chose to go to a specialized high school, and took & passed the Regents for both math and science. Because ICE has its own curriculum (thanks in part to the fact that teachers don't have to do all that test prep!), he placed into 10th grade math and science when he entered 9th grade at LaGuardia HS. ICE prepared him well, sans testing.
So, my experience is that these middle school tests don't prep students for anything useful going forward, and opting out doesn't hurt or affect or involve their chances of getting into the best high schools in the city. It DOES send a clear message to state and federal government that the testing industry shouldn't be deciding whether our students have "learned", nor should that industry determine which teachers are effective and which are not.
And now that my son is preparing for the SAT and ACT for college? It's a whole different animal, and he like most high school students is now being prepped by tutors on how to take that type of test. (Trust me, nothing in middle school can prepare a 16-year-old for sitting through 4 straight hours of testing).
ICE PTA, Parent Action/Education Advocacy