More Portland students exempt from state testing

State law says parents can keep their kids from taking the test for religious reasons or due to disability

Students take notes (KOIN 6 News, file)
Students take notes (KOIN 6 News, file)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – About 3 percent more Portland Public School students are opting out of taking the state’s new standardized test.

The Oregonian reports the Smarter Balanced test is meant to measure whether kids are meeting challenging Common Core standards adopted in 2010, but Oregon teachers and students have pushed back against the tests in the last month.

Since April, the number of exempted students at Portland Public Schools jumped from 5 percent of test takers to 8. About one in seven high school juniors is skipping the Smarter Balanced test.

State law says parents can keep their kids from taking the test for religious reasons or due to disability.

The highest opt-out rate in the state is at Abernethy Elementary, where 50 percent of students aren’t taking the test.

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