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Why civil rights groups oppose test opt-out movement in NY
A coalition of 12 civil rights groups issued a statement opposing efforts to have children "opt out'' of standardized testing. The coalition singled out New York, where at least 155,000 elementary and middle school students sat out the English Language Arts and math tests last month. Federal law requires 95 percent participation by schools and school districts. Far more than 5 percent refused the tests in pockets of New York, New Jersey and Ohio, the paper reported.
The civil rights groups signing on to the statement on testing are: the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; the American Association of University Women; Association of University Centers on Disabilities; Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc.; Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund; League of United Latin American Citizens; NAACP; National Council of La Raza; National Disability Rights Network; National Urban League; Southeast Asia Resource Action Center; and TASH, an advocate for people with disabilities.

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Updated: October 31, 2017


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