There is no federal or state law that requires financial penalties to schools’ Title I funds if parents refuse to allow their children to take the PARCC tests. The federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law did include a mandate that required schools to have a 95 percent participation rate on state tests or face sanctions. The intent of that law was to prevent schools from hiding subgroups of students from the accountability structure and was not aimed at preventing parents from refusing to have their children tested.
The parents in the states of New York and New Jersey have been fighting back against the Common Core Standards for the last year and the corresponding PARCC battery of tests which is our SBAC set of tests in Washington State.
But let’s start at the beginning.
It is illegal for the Federal Government to specify a national curriculum or national test.
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