Once again, Pearson produced a test that was developmentally inappropriate, confusing, and an ordeal for children. 
This teacher in the New York City public schools sums up the flaws in the 2016 ELA tests here. The test reading passages were beyond the reading levels of most students. The subject matter and vocabulary was sometimes arcane.
The state commissioner MaryEllen Elia thought she could address the concerns of parents by making the test untimed. But instead of relieving stress, the children labored over the tests for hours. 
Parents will continue to opt out as long as this punitive regime remains in place.