OSAS Science Assessment Exemption Request
Question: I cannot find an opt-out form for the Science Assessment. If one exists, can you kindly direct me to where I can locate it? If it does not exist, what do we advise parents to do?
Answer: The term 'opt-out' refers to the legislatively created process that applies to the ELA and Math assessments. For science assessments, parents may request their student be exempted from testing based on disability or religion. Unlike the opt-out process for Math and ELA, parent requests for exemption from all other tests must satisfy the following conditions:
- Be submitted in writing to the district
- Include the reasons for request (disability or religion)
- Propose an alternative learning activity for the student
Exemption requests are subject to district review and determination whether to approve. An ODE developed form for exemption requests does not exist. For more information regarding opt-out and exemption requests, please see the Test Administration Manual section 5.3.