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“Opt-out” Movement: Just Say No to New Colo. Assessments

Backlash against standardized testing has strengthened a grassroots movement promoting the rights of parents to hold their children out of new assessments designed to measure readiness for college and career.

The effort got a boost Feb. 18, when the Colorado Board of Education voted 4-2 to not hold districts accountable if test participation dips below required levels because of parent refusals. Although the move’s impact is unclear, it has intensified debate about the role of the state and local districts in providing information to parents and has potentially put at risk $346 million in federal funding to Colorado.