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April 15, 2013

Education officials discuss test opt out

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Deb, however, said she is well aware of her daughter’s academic standings, as Liv is given benchmark evaluations multiple times a year at her school.

“I am a huge participant in my daughter’s classroom and with my daughter’s teacher,” she added.

IMPACT ON SCHOOLS

Still, Ford noted, there could be consequences for schools where students do not take the exams.

“Schools are required to test 95 percent of the total number of students in grades three through eight in their building,” he said.

And, according to Dunn, schools that do not meet that participation requirement will fail to make “adequate yearly progress,” which could result in the school being required to develop a local assistance plan.

In addition, he said, “schools failing to make (adequate yearly progress) cannot become Reward Schools and are therefore ineligible to receive the funding that comes with that designation.”

Given that the tests are required, Chazy Elementary Principal Tom Tregan said he encourages students to do their best on the exams and know that they have received quality instruction from their teachers, as well as the support of aides and assistants.

“Ultimately, the results will help us best design and provide instruction to meet the challenging state standards,” he said.

Email Ashleigh Livingston:alivingston@pressrepublican.com

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