I stole this letter some place last year and rewrote it as if it were from a parent to a school leader (principal, superintendent, board member, legislator). Feel free to personalize it and add an introduction and conclusion that suit your purpose (opt out, etc.) and send it off. (Defend-Ed.org)
As a parent I am concerned that the scheduled high-stakes tests do not assess all of what makes our children special. The people who design these tests and score them do not know our children the way teachers do nor the way our family does. They do not know the many children who speak two languages. They do not know who can play a musical instrument or who can dance or paint a picture. They do not know who the children are who show empathy for their peers or those whose laughter brightens the day for those around them. They do not know who writes poetry or songs, play or participate in sports, wonder about the future, or sometimes have to care about siblings after school. They do not know who has traveled to interesting places or who can tell a great story. They do not know who is trustworthy, kind, or thoughtful, or who try every day to be their very best.
Test scores tell you something, but they do not tell you everything, or maybe even what is really important. I am bewildered that our district continues to put such emphasis on tests to the neglect of the information listed here.