The Pinnacle Paper-Based Testing Policy
It is the policy of The Pinnacle Charter School to administer tests online to students during the State, CSI, and School required testing to the extent possible given the time, equipment, technology, staff, and space requirements for the testing.
The Pinnacle Parent Refusal Policy
The use of data and state standards is integral to our Mission of providing students with opportunities to attain superior levels of academic performance. The information from the assessments allows parents, students, and educators to monitor progress and performance of both individuals and groups of students, as well as make decisions regarding the design and implementation of instruction.
To ensure that we continue to implement The Pinnacle's Mission, it is our intention that all enrolled students participate in State assessment that fulfill Federal guidelines. These currently include CMAS Science and Social Studies assessments, PARCC ELA and Math assessments, and the state 10th and 11th grade assessments. The ACCESS and READ Act assessments do not apply to this policy. The Pinnacle Charter School is subject to the federal government requirement that 95% of the students participate in testing.
Process for Electing to Opt Students Out of State Testing:
In the event that the parents/guardians elect to opt their students out of these assessments (except for ACCESS and READ Act assessments), a printed letter/form must be provided to the student's teacher which includes the following details:
- the student's name
- the name of the test and which subject units
- reason for opting out of the assessment
- parent/guardian's name and signature
- parent/guardian's contact information
1. Teachers will be responsible for collecting these letters/forms and passing them on to the schools' principals. The Principals will forward all refusal letters to the Assessment Department to ensure that (1) all original refusal letters will be securely filed to safeguard student privacy; (2) test materials are not distributed to these students at any time during the testing window; and (3) on each day of the testing window, the Assessment Department will cross-reference attendance rosters agains a record of those students whose parents provided refusal letters to guarantee that the student is not assessed.
2. The Pinnacle Charter School will not provide alternative in-school activities on schedule testing days for students whose parents submit a refusal letter.
3. Neither students nor parents/guardians will be discriminated against, nor will they incur any negative consequences including, but not limited to, fines or fees or prohibitions from participating in any in-school or extracurriculuar activities due to their refusal to participate in these assessments.
4. All refusal letters submitted during any school year will only pertain to state assessments administered during the school year in which they were submitted.
5. As part of our continual commitment to utilize assessment data to drive curriculum development, staff members of The Pinnacle Charter School are not permitted to engage in any activities that discourage a student from taking any portion of the CMAS, PARCC, or college preparatory/entrance assessment.