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Denver-Area Seniors Refuse to Take New State Tests

By The Associated Press — December 02, 2014 1 min read

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.

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A version of this article appeared in the December 03, 2014 edition of Education Week as Denver-Area Seniors Refuse to Take New State Tests

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