Nearly 200 Manchester Students Opt Out Of Smarter Balanced Exam

Mar 20, 2015

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Nearly 200 students opted out of taking the Smarter Balanced exam in Manchester this week.

The New Hampshire Union Leader reports the district received 196 refusal requests from parents or guardians during the first week of the new online statewide assessment.

The test is being given to students across the state in grades three through eight, as well as 11th grade.

Earlier this month, the city’s school board approved sending a letter to parents letting them know they could pull their children from taking the test.

The number of students who opted out this week represents only a small fraction of those who have taken the test, or will do so in the coming weeks.

School officials in Manchester initially resisted administering the Smarter Balanced exam, but were by told by state officials that participation wasn’t optional.