To exercise your democratic right as an Albertan parent, you can opt out of Provincial Achievement Tests by simply writing a letter to your child's principal. As a parent, here is the letter I have drafted:
My child will not participate in writing any of the Provincial Achievement Tests.
Joe BowerYou'll notice that I am not required to provide the reasons why I am doing this. Instead, I am only required to inform the principal that my child will not participate.
Because it is the parents' right to opt their chid out of Provincial Achievement Testing, the child can not and should not be punished for not participating. If all goes well, the only person I would need to talk to about this would be the principal; however, if they were uncooperative, I would move to discuss this with the Superintendent, and if they were uncooperative, I would then engage with Alberta's Minister of Education.
For more on Provincial Achievement Tests here are a couple posts:
Assessment and Provincial Achievement Tests
University of Saskatchewan waives PATs and Diploma exams
Alberta teacher excuses their child from PAT
Accountability and the Provincial Achievement Tests: Myth and Reality
Are Provincial Achievement Tests in Alberta High Stakes Exams?
The fear of Provincial Achievement Testing
The Folly of Provincial Achievement Testing
Exempting from Testing in Alberta
Alberta Provincial Achievement Test Taking Tips
Alberta axes written portion of PATs
Teachers know best
Standardized Testing is Dumbing Down our Schools
Misuse of Provincial Achievement Tests
Thomas Lukaszuk on Standardized Testing