• Information below is found in the Oregon Department of Education -  Test Administration Manual 
    Parent-Requested Exemptions for All Other Assessments:
    For all other statewide assessments (OSAS Online Science and Social Sciences, ELPA Summative, the Kindergarten Assessment, and the ORExt Science Assessment), parents may request that their
    student be exempted from state testing based on either disability or religion. OAR 581-022-1910 allows school districts to excuse students from a state required program or learning activity,
    including state testing, to accommodate a student’s disabilities or religious beliefs. 
    In order for a school district to excuse a student from testing under this rule, the student’s parent must submit:
    • a written request to the school district, listing the reasons for the request and proposing an alternative individualized learning activity for the student that meets the same goals that would be accomplished by participation in state testing. 
    Appropriate school personnel must evaluate and approve the parent request.  When reviewing a parent’s request for exemption, school district personnel should first discuss the use of accommodations with the parent to determine whether the use of any appropriate accommodations during testing might address the parent’s concerns and allow the student to participate in testing.
    Distinguishing opt-outs from parent requests for exemption.
    The term “opt out” refers to the legislatively created process that applies specifically to the ELA and Math assessments. Parents or adult students may opt out of Math and ELA at their discretion by submitting the state-created opt-out form.
    For all other assessments, OAR 581-022-1910 allows parents to request that their student be exempted from testing based on disability or religion. Unlike the opt-out process for Math and ELA, parent requests for exemption for all other tests must satisfy the following conditions:
    • Be submitted in writing to the district (there is no standardized form)
    • Include reasons for request (disability or religion) 
    • Propose an alternative learning activity for the student
    • Is subject to district review and determination whether to approve
    Please note that neither the opt-out nor the parent-requested exemption process precludes the federal and state requirements that hold districts accountable for testing all students. This means that students who do not test because of an opt-out or parent-requested exemption would be counted as non-participants in accountability calculations.
    For additional information on the Oregon Department of Education Science Assessment purpose and test specifications - please click here