Hundreds of students opt out of SBAC tests

Elisa Hahn reports.

The Seattle School Board on Monday discussed the unusual step of asking the state superintendent to suspend the Common Core Testing, also known as the Smarter Balanced testing.

There is a growing movement against the test. More than 100 juniors at Garfield submitted "opt out" slips, which forced the school to postpone the test that was suppose to take place this week.

Many parents and teachers across the district have been holding off campus discussions and are sounding off on Facebook.

They believe the state-required Smarter Balanced test is unfair, that it sets up the majority of the students to fail, and that it's a high stakes test that could penalize the teacher or the school.

We got late word from the meeting that the resolution did NOT pass out of committee so the district is sticking to the testing for now.

The district says they are seeing similar number of students at other high schools in the district who are also opting out.

Some parents in elementary schools are also having their student not take the test.


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