A Sample Opt Out Letter

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Standardized testing has started in Seattle Public Schools.

Wondering when your child will be tested? Curious what tests will be given at your school?  Here are the links to the SPS assessment calendar. Click here for the testing schedule for grades K-8. For grades 9-12, click here.

Opting out is the most powerful tool parents have to push back against testing AND gain leverage for the things kids need more of like: art, PE, and instructional time. Now is the time to write your opt out letter.

Here’s a simple template to get you started:

Dear____________________ (Principal),

I respectfully refuse to have my child, ____________________, take the Smarter Balanced Assessments, Amplify, MAP, WaKIDS, MSP (or other tests, listed here:___________________).  This includes practice tests and make up tests.

Please provide a comfortable and supervised space for my child to engage in a meaningful learning activity, do homework, or read.  My child will need full access to their backpack and lunch.  Please let me know if you have any questions.


Signature:________________________      Date:_____________________

Printed name:_____________________     Phone or email:______________________

-Carolyn Leith


2 thoughts on “A Sample Opt Out Letter

  1. Thanks so much, this sample save me a lot of stress, I didn’t know how to do it, or what to say. The teacher love it too

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