Dear Administrator :

I am writing to respectfully inform you that my son, Michael Keegan Faulkner, will be opting out of any try-out or field tests. She/he is neither permitted to take the exam during mandated testing days nor during designated make-up sessions. Additionally, I am requesting that the school make accommodations for meaningful alternative activities or assignments that will continue to promote her/his academic and intellectual growth.  My child will not be in attendance if academically viable alternatives are not available. Furthermore, I must be guaranteed that whatever option is taken, either alternative assignments or absence, my child will not face any negative consequences, for example, course grades, social or behavioral evaluations, workload, promotion, or future classroom assignments.


Teachers, students, administrators, and parents spend an inordinate amount of time testing and preparing to test each year. Our students spend hour upon hour every year taking regular classroom tests, benchmarks, high-stakes and low stakes standardized tests, and try out tests. While some of these tests may be necessary to help evaluate how well our students are learning, try out tests are unnecessary and cause undue stress to our students, teachers, and administrators. The only entity benefiting from try out tests are the testing companies, and I will not allow my children to be used as unpaid labor for testing companies. I respectfully ask that you honor my families’ decision to do what is in the best interest of our children.


Thank you for all that you do for our students.