- Associated Press - Friday, October 9, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - A new legal opinion says Arizona parents don’t have a right to withdraw their children from standardized tests given at public schools.

The opinion issued Friday by Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich says state parental rights laws don’t contain exemptions for testing.

State law requires a comprehensive testing system to be in place in schools and it’s not a learning activity included in laws giving parents opt-outs.

The new opinion echoes one first issued in 1997.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas asked Brnovich to review the matter again because of confusion in a letter issued by former Attorney General Tom Horne last year.

Brnovich says despite the years that have passed since the earlier opinion, state law still requires children to take standardized assessments like the new AZMerit test.


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