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Parents Nationwide Boycotting Common Core State Tests

Kate Goodin, Parenting

Parents Nationwide Boycotting Common Core State TestsTeachers and parents (and, of course, students) have made their dislike of a test-heavy curriculum known—but now pockets of parents around the country are flat-out protesting the exams by urging their kids to boycott them.

The parents' outrage comes in response to the report that standardized tests will be more difficult as states continue adopt the Common Core standards.

In Seattle, 600 high school students refused to take a standardized test in January, reports the Washington Post. And in Texas 86 percent of school districts say the tests are “strangling our public schools.”

In New York, where the Common Core testing will be implemented this week, school boards in several districts adopted largely symbolic resolutions opposing the high-stakes testing, according to the Associated Press. Others have scheduled pep rallies to stoke enthusiasm for the tests.

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Some school districts in New York are still ordering materials needed to teach the test subjects, which means parents feel their children are unprepared for the newly-rigorous tests.

Plus: Test Preparation Strategies for All Grades

New Paltz, NY mom Bianca Tanis said that a lack of preparation for the test was unfair to students. "For children to be presented with material they can't answer is very demoralizing," Tanis said.

“You’ve got drilling and benchmark testing every six weeks,” Sandy Kress, a Texas lawyer and former Bush aide told the Washington Post.

“Clearly, there’s a lot of overtesting in a lot of places. It’s just awful, and it draws really negative reactions from parents, teachers and communities," said Kress, who helped write No Child Left Behind. "Tests weren’t intended to be treated that way.”

Plus: How to Help Your Kids Study for Tests

Children won't be penalized for not taking the tests, but unless 95 percent of students at a school take the tests, the school will face sanctions.