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Bill Lets New Jersey Parents Opt Out of Tests

Bill Lets New Jersey Parents Opt Out of Tests
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A vote on alternatives to standardized tests

Parents might be able to allow their children to opt out of taking standardized tests in New Jersey schools.

The state Assembly on Thursday expects to vote on a bill that would require schools to accommodate those children.

Under the bill, parents would have 14 days before the test is administered to notify the school that their children will not be taking it. The school would be required to provide those students with "educationally appropriate" alternatives in another room.

The issue arose after parents and students raised concerns about the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for Collage and Careers exam.

If the Assembly passes the bill, it would need to clear the state Senate before heading to Gov. Chris Christie's desk.