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Chicago Reverses, Will Require Controversial Test

Faced with the loss of millions of dollars in funding, Chicago Public Schools on Monday said it has dropped plans to spurn a controversial standardized test, a decision quickly followed by calls from the teachers union and an influential parents group for students to boycott the exam.

State officials have said districts can develop policies to handle students who refuse the test, but that if too many students opt out, the state could face sanctions from the federal government and in turn penalize districts.