The national rollout of new Common Core-aligned standardized tests is running into a series of embarrassing problems, as schools grapple with both technical glitches and a growing movement of hostile parents who refuse to let their children take the tests.
Monday marked the first day of widespread testing in several states, including New Mexico, Florida and New Jersey. While several hundred high schoolers in New Mexico attracted national attention when they walked out of class to protest the exams, big problems are cropping up everywhere. (RELATED: Hundreds Of New Mexico Students Walk Out Of Common Core Tests)
Last year, in New Jersey, only 1,000 students refused to take state standardized tests. According to NJ.com, a single district has already topped that figure this year, with about 1,100 out of 4,000 eligible students in the Newark suburb of Livingston, Chris Christie’s hometown, defying the test. High opt-out rates were seen in several other cities as well. According to The Wall Street Journal, more than half of Princeton’s eligible students sat out. In Ridgewood, almost one student in six said no.
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