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Kentucky Bars Districts From Allowing Opt-Outs

By The Associated Press — April 14, 2015 1 min read

Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday says Kentucky districts cannot honor requests from parents who want to opt their children out of participating in standardized tests.

In an email to superintendents, he said students who don’t take part in assessments will receive a zero score, and that will be part of their schools’ accountability calculations.

Todd Allen, the assistant general counsel for the state education department, said in a statement that parents can opt out of public education completely, but they can’t stay in public schools and choose which provisions to follow and which to disregard.

A version of this article appeared in the April 15, 2015 edition of Education Week as Kentucky Bars Districts From Allowing Opt-Outs

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