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States vary in how they respond to parents’ requests to opt children out of standardized testing. These responses fall loosely into four categories: most states prohibit opt outs, others permit them, still others differentiate between opt outs and refusals or permit opt outs with constraints, and some let local districts devise their own policies. This Policy Update compiles information on each state’s response and links to guidance documents.


Opt Out Policies by State

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