State law requires students in 3rd-8th grades to participate in standardized testing every school year. All students in 3rd-8th grades take standardized tests in math and English Language Arts. Students in 5th and 8th grades take an additional science tests. State testing typically begins after Spring Break at FGCS. Testing schedules vary and tests are not time-limited. Students typically work on tests no more than one hour/day 3-4 days/week over the course of several weeks.
Under state law, parents have the right to opt students out of state testing. However, there are different rules regarding parents' opt-out rights depending on the test. For English Language Arts and Mathematics tests, parents need only submit the form linked below. For Science testing, parents may opt out only for reasons of religion or diability. An opt-out request must be made using the forms linked below. Parents may opt students out of testing at any time, but, ideally, by the first Monday after Spring Break. Please contact director of school operations Karen Torry at email@example.com or 503-359-4600 with any questios about state testing or parent opt-out rights.