More than 80 Lafayette Parish School System students won’t be taking Common Core-aligned tests that start Monday because of their parents’ objections to the new assessments.
About 13,000 third- through eighth-graders in Lafayette Parish public schools will take the new exams in English, writing and math that are aligned with new Common Core State Standards.
As of Friday afternoon, the school system reported 81 students won’t take the tests next week, and of that number, 17 also will sit out on LEAP and iLEAP exams scheduled for next month, said Tom Spencer, the school system’s accountability director.
Last week, the count was at 32 students.
Parents have the right to opt their children out of the standardized tests, and many cited curriculum changes prompted by the implementation of the Common Core State Standards or the complexity of sample test questions for their decision.
Policy states that schools will receive zeros for those tests not taken by students. Some educators appealed to BESE to remove the penalty because of the negative impact it will have on school and district performance scores. However, the state school board decided at its meeting earlier this month to wait to see how many students opt out before making policy changes.
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