Municipal Government

Opting Out of NYS Exams

April 2, 2016
By NYC Public Advocate Letitia James

New York, NY – Next week, children across our state will be asked to take the New York State English Language Arts exam and the following week they will be asked to take the New York State Math exam. There has been a lot of confusion about whether these tests are required.

I want to remind you that, as parents, you have the right to opt your child out of this exam with no consequences to you, your child, or your child's school. If you do choose to make this decision, you must write a letter to your child's principal.

The decision whether to opt out or not is a personal one for each family. As your Public Advocate, I want to ensure that parents know their rights. And that we continue working together to build a school system that offers a holistic education, including arts and physical education, and equips our children for success. 

If you have questions or concerns, I urge you to contact my office at 212-669-7250 or

April 2, 2016

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