There has been a request for information on how to opt out of the MAP test in Seattle. To follow is an update of a post that Sue wrote in 2010 on opting your student out of the test.

To opt-out of the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP®) test, parents/guardians need to write a short e-mail or letter to their child’s principal, teachers, and MAP administrator (often the school librarian) before the testing period begins, stating that they want their child to be exempt for that session.

No explanation is required. Parents/guardians can request that their child be allowed to read quietly or do homework during testing time instead.

Some schools require a separate opt-out letter for each MAP® testing session (fall, winter and spring), so that can mean sending the same note two-three times a year.

–sue p.