State Faces “Quandary” on Opt Outs Under ESSA

State Faces “Quandary” on Opt Outs Under ESSA

July 25, 2018

Newsday’s Lane Filler writes that the “federal government requires that students in third through eighth grades take standardized tests in math and English each year, and requires that districts and schools have at least 95 percent of their eligible students take those tests.” At the same time, the feds leave it to the states to “make sure this happens” and “bring districts into compliance when it doesn’t.” And “that’s a quandary for New York, particularly on Long Island, where about 50 percent of students have opted out of the state tests for the past few years.” The issue is “coming to a head” as the state’s Board of Regents “slowly moves forward with regulations designed to comply with” ESSA’s testing participation requirements.