- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed a bill making it easier for parents to opt their children out of standardized tests.

Brown’s signature on Tuesday followed warnings by federal officials that Oregon could lose education funding if too many students opt out.

The Democratic governor says in a statement that teachers should be sure parents understand the value of tests and the consequences of opting out.

Oregon currently allows parents to opt their children out of standardized tests for religious reasons or a disability. The bill would permit opting out for any reason.

Testing critics say the assessments waste class time and are stressful for some students.

Education reform advocates oppose the bill. They say testing is an important way to measure progress and raise standards.

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