This was taken from the OPSI website on April 18, 2005. 

on this page, you scroll down to the "Frequently Asked Questions" and click on “Refusing Testing”  this document was originally called "Provisions for students refusing the WASL".




Refusing Testing


The law states that public schools are required to administer the assessments to students enrolled in the specified grades and subjects, the assumption apparently being that participation on the part of the student or approval on the part of the parent would not be an issue. Because it is not specifically addressed in the legislation, agency policy adopted after the question arose has been that students may refuse to participate or their parents may refuse to have their children tested. The policy further requires the school to request that the refusal on the part of either the student or parent be put into writing by the parent and kept on file at the school or district office. It is also recommended that the parent be requested to include the reason for not wanting the child tested. If any parent is unwilling to put the refusal in writing, the school should document that the request was made but the parent would not put the refusal in writing. This refusal will not avoid any consequence for not testing, such as WASL scores on transcript or failure to graduate.


Because the number of students meeting, exceeding, or failing to meet the standards is based upon enrollment, the percentages for the schools and districts are impacted by refusals. The significance of the impact is proportional to the number of students that should be tested vs. the number of those same students who were not tested for whatever reason.  This aligns with the federal “No Child Left Behind” legislation.


The Washington State Legislature has dictated that all schools teach to the Essential Academic Learning Requirements.  Schools and teachers are not required to create a distinct curriculum for students whose parents have asked not to be tested on the WASL.  Schools are not obligated to provide an alternate curriculum or other lessons to students refusing testing during the time the WASL is being administered.