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14 school districts asking for penalty waivers for opt-outs

14 school districts asking for penalty waivers for opt-outs

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Fourteen of Louisiana's public school districts have passed resolutions aimed at preventing schools from being penalized for students who skip Common Core standardized tests.

The Advocate reports that's the number tallied by the Louisiana Schools Boards Association.

The LSBA said districts that have approved resolutions asking that the state change plans to penalize schools are Bossier, Caddo, Calcasieu, DeSoto, Evangeline, Iberia, Jackson, Jeff Davis, St. Helena, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany and Washington.

Common Core represents new standards in reading, writing and math that are being fully implemented this year. Students and parents who object to Common Core exams set for March 16-20 have started what is called an "opt out" movement.

Officials with the state Department of Education and the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education say that students who skip the test will produce zeroes for themselves, their schools and school districts.

How many students plan to skip the tests is unclear. BESE will discuss the issue at its March 5 meeting.

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