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Friday, December 19, 2014
School test scores drop sharply
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Dr. William Johnson

A relatively large number of parents in the district did not allow their children to take the tests. More than 309 students — about 20 percent — “opted out.” Johnson said that it was the highest number in the state, but he was unsure how that affected the district’s scores overall. Because the results have no bearing, however, there are no repercussion for the students who did not sit for the exams, or their teachers.

“It’s really somewhat tragic, but I don’t know how to phrase this except that those parents that opted out can easily turn to their neighbors and say, ‘I told you so,’” Johnson said. “So the fact is that these kids sat for between four and five hours — and in some cases more than that — of testing, only to have the results when they come back to us be either uninterpretable or unusable.”

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