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42,000 Washington Students Protest Standardized Tests

Apparently parents aren't the only ones who hate Common Core testing. Almost 42,000 11th graders in Washington state refused to show up. Just to give you a sense of scale, that's almost half the juniors in the entire state. Why? Well, because, frankly, it really didn't matter.

According to NPR, "Washington state didn't require this year's juniors to pass them to graduate from high school. In fact, the only thing compelling [students] to take the tests this past spring was No Child Left Behind, the federal law." And by those federal standards, most of those schools were definitely going to be labeled as "failing" despite students passing the Common Core-aligned tests or not, thanks to outdated No Child Left Behind (NCLB) mandates.

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One of the organizers of the protest, 11th grader Elijah Falk, proclaims (not illogically), "If there's something you might risk failing but, regardless, you'll learn something or you'll be stronger because of it ... that's great... But if there's not a real benefit to passing or failing, then it's not worth it."

This is just one more example of the general trend of anti-testing sentiment thats recently been sweeping the nation, and in this case, the state of Washington may face some serious consequences. NCLB requires that 95 percent of students take the tests in order to receive federal funding and this is most likely the first time that a state has not met that number. State officials are worried that the federal government will cut funding to Washington, and it'll be interesting to see what they decide.

This protest is especially timely as Congress is currently debating whether or not to reauthorize NCLB.

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