The authority on opting out of state assessments is Texas Parents’ Educational Rights Network. There you will find a Step-by-Step Guide to opting out, as well as sample letters for communicating your intentions to school administrators at various steps along the way.

Additional Resources:

Texans Advocating for Meaningful Student Assessment (TAMSA)

The National Center for Fair and Open Testing


The Network for Public Education (NPE)

Pastors for Texas Children

HISD Parent Advocates

Community Voices for Public Education (CVPE)

Selected Statutes and Administrative Rules:

Texas Education Code, Chapter 26: Parental Rights and Responsibilities

Texas Education Code, Chapter 39: Public School System Accountability

Texas Education Code, Chapter 39A: Accountability Interventions and Sanctions

Texas Education Code, Chapter 41: Equalized Wealth Level

Texas Administrative Code, Title 19: Education, Section 2: Texas Education Agency


The Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools by Diane Ravitch (New York: Knopf, 2013)

The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education by Diane Ravitch (New York: Basic Books, 2010)


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