Published Online: December 2, 2014
Published in Print: December 3, 2014, as Denver-Area Seniors Refuse to Take New State Tests

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Denver-Area Seniors Refuse to Take New State Tests

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Thousands of Denver-area high school seniors refused to take new state standardized science and social studies tests, saying they're a distraction as they work to get into college and don't align with their curriculum.

In the Boulder Valley district, 84 percent of students refused to take the tests last month, with some protesting and collecting food and school supplies for low-income families instead. Significant numbers of seniors at several suburban Denver districts also skipped them.

The protests come amid growing criticism in both liberal and conservative areas in Colorado over the time devoted to standardized testing.

Vol. 34, Issue 13, Page 4

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