Colorado Education Board Members Hears Testing Complaints

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A Colorado State Board of Education member says more than 100 parents have told him their local school districts are trying to pressure them into allowing their children to take standardized tests.

Statewide this month, assessment began that for the first time are linked to the national Common Core standards, which have sparked debate across the country about local control over education and about the costs and benefits of testing.

Board member Steve Durham has proposed allowing whole school districts to opt out of the tests. Monday, he told the AP more than 100 parents across 20 districts had told him they were being pressured to allow their children to be tested. That prompted a statement from the board discouraging districts from attempting to influence parents.