Opting out

New tests aligned to Common Core State Standards resulted in a growing number of parents who refused to let their student take the standardized tests this spring.

Federal law requires schools to validate that at least 95 percent of students are tested, but this percentage was not met in some areas. Educators argue that the large population is necessary to make sure test results are valid; shrinking the testing pool might sabotage the validity.

Low participation could mean some districts will not receive full federal funding, but no action has been taken as of this posting.

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