It is up to districts to decide whether students not taking the tests can read or move to another room or must sit quietly. Education Department materials note that districts are not obligated to provide an alternate location or activities.
A letter to parents from the Carmel schools said students who don't take the tests will be given a test booklet and no alternate activity. Any mark on the booklet, it said, will result "in the assessment being graded."
How's that for opt out options?
Hey, kid, you made a mark on that test!
A zero for you on that CCSS test and a zero for your teacher on her/his APPR VAM.