In a recent statement on their website, Ken-Ton Charter School for Applied Technologies (CSAT) threatened to expel students whose parents legally and rightfully opt-out of NYS tests. In the letter (found below and at this link), the statement reads, “In other words, if your child would like to continue to be enrolled at CSAT and is in grades 3-8, they NEED to take the NYS math and ELA assessments in April.”
Just yesterday, the Chancellor of the NYS Board of Regents announced that she “would opt-out at this time” if she had children in school (article here). The NYS Commissioner of Education announced that parents “absolutely” have the right to opt-out of NYS tests (article here). Governor Cuomo announced that, “the grades [on NYS tests] are meaningless to the students” (article here).
According to NYS Education Law, Title 1, Article 7, 305 (47), state tests CANNOT be used as the sole or main criteria for any placement. It appears that CSAT is directly violating the law by basing criteria for enrollment at CSAT solely on the NYS test. This appears to be ILLEGAL!!!
This stance by CSAT gives the entire Kenmore and Tonawanda communities a bad name. It reflects poorly on every one of us when a school in Ken-Ton violates the law. CSAT OWES THE KEN-TON COMMUNITY AN APOLOGY!!!