State ELA and math tests are coming up soon:

http://schools.nyc.gov/NR/rdonlyres/64A25572-CC73-4757-A941-A23874B3DB2B/0/SY1718TESTCALENDAREnglish081417.pdf

and some families are choosing to opt out. Plus, kids at private schools don’t take these tests. So, what happens when high schools rank students who don’t have these scores on their transcripts?

Great question. It’s never too early to stress that EVERY SCHOOL (except for the specialized high schools who only use the SHSAT) has it’s own admissions rubric and at screened schools (info about these are in the HS411 handbook) generally test scores, along with attendance and grades are most, if not all, of their rubrics. 

I recently heard about this great resource (thanks Joyce!) that's been tracking what schools do if state test results aren’t available:

https://www.optoutnyc.com/nyc-admissions

This is NOT a complete list of all city schools, but it’s a significant list and this is definitely something you can ask about when you’re touring:

https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5a9dc927b10598b4621d91af/t/5aaee60baa4a99e021a0397c/1521411596221/HIGH+SCHOOL+SURVEY+2018+03_18_2018.pdf