There is no opting out of standardized exams in some states

04/24/2013 | Washington Post, The

While so-called "opt out" movements, in which parents decline to allow their children to take standardized tests, have gained steam, officials in some states say such protests are not allowed under the law. In Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia region, officials say such "opt out" provisions are not on the books, Valerie Strauss writes in this blog post. In some districts, keeping students home from school on test day can risk graduation and participation in school sports, she writes.

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