- Associated Press - Thursday, March 26, 2015

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Parents might be able to allow their children to opt out of taking standardized tests in New Jersey schools.

The state Assembly on Thursday voted to approve a bill that would require schools to accommodate those children.

Under the bill, parents would have 14 days before the test is administered to notify the school that their children will not be taking it. The school would be required to provide those students with “educationally appropriate” alternatives in another room.

The issue arose after parents and students raised concerns about the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers exam.

The bill now heads to the state Senate, which must pass it before sending it to Gov. Chris Christie’s desk.


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