I believe my fifteen year old severely disabled daughter should be exempt from the tenth grade MCAS requirements as should others in her position. Please note the following facts of her situation.

The exam is not designed to test or assess the severely disable population within the Massachusetts' education system. The MCAS, MCAS with accommodations, and the MCAS Alt are all in violation of the student's rights under the due process provisions of the IDEA laws as well as in violation of the intent, if not the letter of the law, of the NCLB. The Commonwealth's implementation is testing my daughter and those like her against a standard to which she has never been exposed. Additionally, being completely unable to respond in a meaningful manner makes the concept of testing moot. She does not receive grades at her school for the same reason.

My daughter will sustain harm from being subjected to the MCAS exam. It is universally agreed that she has a level of understanding of her surroundings. She has heard about the MCAS exams and the importance of them. She knows what her daily routine is at school and at home. The idea of testing is understood by the youngest of children to varying degrees and my daughter is fifteen years old. She will be asked questions or given tasks, possibly as simple as choosing between two objects or grasping an object. Not doing so will qualify as failing. She understands the desired action but is unable to do it, totally and completely. She will experience pre-exam anxiety as other students will with the added anxiety knowing that she will not be able to do anything required of her to pass. She will experience heightened stress and anxiety at the time of the exam by not being physically able to respond to any part of the exam. She will experience loss of self esteem and self image by completely and totally failing an exam that is not designed to test or assess her knowledge or mastery of the Massachusetts Curriculum Framework.

I am requesting that my daughter be exempt from the requirement of the MCAS exam. Please note at least two major cases of precedent: