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BRUSLY - A parent is taking on the school system after her daughter was given a Common Core practice test against her wishes.

"You don't get to make that decision for my child's education," Angela Barrett said.

Barrett is against the methods and has opted her daughter out of the PARCC testing curriculum. She is one of a handful of parents in the school system that have made the same decision.

Barrett said her daughter was forced to take the test and she is frustrated about the situation.

"I was appalled," she said.

Schools Superintendent Wesley Watts said he understands Barrett's concern, but added the practice test was not a PARCC test at all.

"We gave a test on content that we would normally teach our students. Not anything to do with PARCC, but it was probably put in a format similar to what the PARCC assessments will look like," Watts said.

Watts said as of now, there is no specific guideline or policy of how to opt out of the test.

"We're just in a tough place because of the political football that this has become and the frustrating part is that our kids are caught in the middle and our teachers are being put under a lot of stress and that's disappointing to me," he said.

The West Baton Rouge Public School System has set up two meetings to talk about the issues. Both are on March 5th at the school board headquarters in Port Allen. One is at 10 a.m.; the other is at 5 p.m.

 

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