Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said at Q&A in Chicago Tuesday that if the high rate of parents and students opting out of Common Core testing continues, the feds “have an obligation to step in,” implying that students would be forced to take the test, like it or not.
Under No Child Left Behind, a minimum of 95% of students in a state are required to take the annual standardized tests in reading and math from grades 3-8. It is a requirement that until now has never needed enforcement or consideration.
With as many as 184,000 students in New York State choosing to opt out, the number opting in will fall woefully short of the 95% threshold.
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