Update for 2016: The TEA manuals now clearly direct schools to accept refused assessments and submit them for scoring. They also clearly permit return to class once an assessment (refused or otherwise) is turned in. For that reason we have revised the Return to Class request to include references from the TEA manuals.
There has been a great deal of discussion recently suggesting that parents must or should keep their child out of school on the assessment day and on all makeup days. This approach may be necessary if the school insists on assessing your child despite your refusal. However, many schools have recognized that such an approach is punitive and that it makes no sense to force a kid to “sit and stare” at an assessment they refuse to take. Those schools have permitted children to refuse the assessment and return to regular classes. This letter can be used to request that common sense approach from your school.