Parents, students and teachers are learning about the consequences of opting out of state tests.
While parent groups have started up throughout the nation to protest state exams aligned with Common Core Standards, parents have found there is a lot of confusion about whether or not they can keep kids from taking the tests.
Students can opt out of state testing. However, there are consequences for some students and for their teachers if they opt out.
When students don’t take the tests, they are scored as a zero. This impacts the ratings of the school and the teacher. Teachers could lose their jobs as a result of the tests if their ratings are low enough.
Students also have to prove that they have achieved a level of competence through measurement on a college entrance exam or the ACT.