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Parents want ability to opt kids out of state tests

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A group of Illinois parents want a change in law to give them the ability to pull their children out of standardized tests administered by public schools.

State Rep. Will Guzzardi is a sponsor of legislation that would give parents the right to opt out their children from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers and other standardized tests.

The Chicago Teachers Union and parent groups have objected to the PARCC exams over concerns of too much emphasis on tests.

Guzzardi says Illinois public schools lack a "clear and consistent policy" for students opting out of tests.

Jennie Biggs of Raise Your Hand says students can choose not to take the tests, but parents can't act on their behalf.

The bill is HB306.

Online: http://www.ilga.gov/

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