Testing - Parent Refusal Form

  • Parents/guardians have a right to not have their student participate in state-required standardized assessments. Minnesota statute requires that districts provide information about statewide assessments to parents/guardians and include a form to complete if they refuse to have their student participate.  The form is available below in English and Spanish.

    Why does participation matter?
    A statewide assessment is just one measure of your child's achievement, but your student's participation is important to understand how effectively the education at Jordan Public Schools is aligned to the academic standards.

    • In Minnesota's implementation of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, a student not participating in the statewide assessments will be counted as "not proficient" for the purposes of school and district accountability, including opportunities for support and recognition.
    • Students who receive a college-ready score on the high school MCA are not required to take a remedial, noncredit course at a Minnesota State college or university in the corresponding subject area, potentially saving time and money.
    • Educators and policy makers use information from assessments to make decisions about resources and support provided.
    • Parents and the general public use assessment information to compare schools and make decisions about where to purchase a home or to enroll their children.
    • School performance results that are publicly released and used by families and communities, are negatively impacted if students do not participate in assessments.

    If you have additional questions, please contact Carol Lagergren, Director of Teaching and Learning at (952)492-4486 or clagergren@isd717.org.