AFA of PA Action Alert
April 9, 2015
Opting Your Child Out of PSSA Testing and Keystone Exams
It is well known that the only reason available for parents to opt their children out of the PSSA’s and/or the Keystone exams is if they find that the test(s) are in conflict with their religious beliefs. In order to establish this, the parent has to follow a specified procedure that involves (1) contacting the school administrator; (2) viewing the test; (3) signing a confidentiality agreement; and finally, (4)notifying the district Superintendent that you are opting out your child because of religious beliefs. The opt-out procedure is detailed on this web site.
The parent is NOT required to note any specific religion or specific objections. In fact, a reputable attorney associated with legislators in Harrisburg has said that it is ILLEGAL for districts to demand to know specific religious objections and for them to “validate” other people’s religions.
For more information and action steps click here