Here’s our general advice sheet for people outside of CPS refusing PARCC: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WaGIcQPQlVvUoB6QTEvv96LvGI-3OyRxyTA0Y8pPwo0/edit?usp=sharing
I agree with Dienne. Tell your school district what you are doing, don’t just inquire!
The law has not changed from last year. Students may refuse to engage with the test. ISBE fully recognizes that this is the case even though they are sharing misinformation and asking schools to distribute misinformation as well. http://morethanascorechicago.org/2014/11/11/statement-on-misinformation-from-isbe-on-opt-out-and-parcc/
Contact More Than A Score if you need more info on opt out/refusal:
The current lack of clarity in IL School Code needs to be fixed. Will Guzzardi has filed a bill to fix this: http://ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocNum=306&GAID=13&DocTypeID=HB&LegId=84067&SessionID=88&GA=99
ISBE doesn’t like the bill, so Will needs the support of parents and teachers across the state to get this bill passed. Please tell your state rep and state senator that we need opt out rights clearly written into law in IL just like already exists in states like CA, WI, PA and UT.
– Cassie Creswell
More Than a Score