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Officials Grapple With How to Respond to Parents Opting Children Out of Standardized Testing

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As more parents protest next week's standardized testing, officials are grappling with how to respond to parents who are choosing to opt their children out.

The city says that principals should meet with parents to hear their concerns and support them if they feel that the tests are not right for their children.

State officials say that although the tests are technically not required by the state for graduation, there is no formal provision that allows parents to opt their kids out of testing in grades three through eight.

They stress that the tests are important in measuring student progress.

Some parents argue that the language of the tests is too complicated for elementary school students and that the tests don't accurately address what they're learning.

"We're not against standards. We're not against assessments. But it should be the teacher," said parent Jasmin Batista. "A teacher could give an assessment or a test on what the children are learning in a classroom."

"You can have your teacher evaluate your student," said another parent. "You can have your teacher look at what your student has done throughout the year."

"Lifelong love of reading, critical thinking and questioning about the world we live in, curiosity about how the world works. These are no longer at the center of teaching," said a third parent.

One organization against the testing estimates that 1,000 city students, more than three times last year's number, will opt out of English and math tests that begin next week. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP