More than 140 Lafayette Parish School System students didn’t take the Common Core tests that began Monday.

About 13,000 third- through eighth-grade students began testing this week to gauge their knowledge in English, writing and math.

As of the end of the school day Monday, 143 students had been opted out of the tests by request of their parents, based on information shared by Tom Spencer, the school system’s accountability director.

Early Friday afternoon, the count was 81 students.

Parents had the option to request that their children not take the state standardized tests, which are aligned to new Common Core State Standards.