GERMANTOWN — Some members of the Germantown School Board feel they did nothing wrong in providing parents in the district with information on how to opt out their children of taking state assessments, but the state’s Department of Instruction disagrees and wrote the district a letter stating as much.
Dated June 30, the DPI letter notes 81 percent of students in the district opted out of assessments.
“State law allows parents to opt their children out of these assessments; there is no such opt-out provision in federal law. Evidence indicates the Germantown School District actively solicited or encouraged parents to opt their children out of assessments, in clear violation of the federal law,” the letter states. “These actions jeopardize significant federal funding for the Germantown School District and for all other districts in the state.”
The letter notes that the DPI “is placing the district in high-risk status for not meeting federal assessment requirements, that are in turn, necessary to access federal funding.”
The letter states the district has 30 days to “submit a written plan of corrective action delineating the specific steps the district will implement to ensure all students have access to federally required assessments and that access is not hindered by district policy or communication.”