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In or out, test day is here

The day

The morning of the test, packets are delivered to each classroom and students work quietly until they are finished.

Students not taking the tests bring books to read, staying in classrooms in some districts and going to common areas in others.

The tests

There are fewer questions than last year, and students will have an unlimited amount of time to take them. Teachers also had the opportunity to review the questions. English language arts will be tested today through Thursday, while math tests will be April 13-15.

The controversy

Those in favor of opting out say the tests still are too long, are not age appropriate, are not prescriptive or diagnostic, and they are worried about privacy of student data. Those advocating the tests say the changes have addressed those concerns and testing children is an important evaluative tool.