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‘Opt-Out’ Push Gains Traction Amid Common-Core Testing

The push by activists of various stripes to have parents opt students out of state exams this spring has transformed skepticism and long-running anger over the direction of education policy into a movement with numbers and a growing public profile.

Whether those activists can craft a durable and effective political movement remains an open question. Advocates, standardized-testing opponents, and observers continue to debate the movement’s true goals, the disparity between the proportion of opt-outs and their broader importance, and how much the demographics of participating parents hurt or strengthen the cause.