BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Opponents seeking new ways to upend Louisiana's use of the Common Core education standards have targeted the standardized tests students will take in mid-March.
A handful of parents are refusing to let their children take the assessments, and some education officials are concerned the "opt-outs" will become more widespread.
Common Core critics, including Gov. Bobby Jindal, are using the concerns to try to reopen state education board debate on the grade-by-grade English and math standards adopted by more than 40 states.
Supporters of Common Core say it makes no sense for parents to keep their children from testing that determines how much students have learned during the school year.
The Common Core tests will be given to 320,000 students in grades three through eight during the week of March 16.