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Session - 127th Maine LegislatureLR 1011
Item 1
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An Act To Empower Parents in the Education of Their Children by Allowing an Opt-out from Standardized Assessments

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 20-A MRSA §6214 is enacted to read:

§ 6214. Opt-out

1. Parent or guardian's right to opt out. If a student's parent or guardian submits a written request to a school administrative unit to excuse the student from a standardized assessment administered pursuant to this chapter, the school administrative unit shall comply with the request and excuse the student in conformance with the request.

2. School administrative unit. A school administrative unit may not penalize a student for being excused from an assessment pursuant to subsection 1 and shall:

A. Inform parents and guardians of the option to excuse a student from an assessment;

B. Provide a student excused from an assessment with an educational activity while the assessment is being administered; and

C. Post the form created by the department under subsection 3, paragraph A on the school administrative unit's publicly accessible website.

3. Department. The department may not penalize a school for excusing a student from an assessment pursuant to subsection 1 and shall:

A. Create a form a parent or guardian can use to request that a student be excused from an assessment and shall post the form on the department's publicly accessible website; and

B. Notify parents and guardians of the option to excuse a student from an assessment by posting notice on the department's publicly accessible website.

4. Teachers. A teacher may inform a parent or guardian of the option to excuse a student from an assessment pursuant to subsection 1.

SUMMARY

This bill requires a school administrative unit to excuse a student from standardized assessments at the written request of the student's parent or guardian and establishes requirements for school administrative units and the Department of Education related to excusing a student.

Assessment Opt-Out Form