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Teen suspended after opting out of Common Core testing

Alyssa McKinney, an 8th-grade student at Whitesburg Middle School in Huntsville, Ala., decided she didn’t agree with Common Core’s standardized testing. So she opted out. The first two days of testing, she was given in-school suspensions. On the third day, however, she received an out-of-school suspension.


An Alabama Department of Education Facebook post stated that parents can submit an opt-out request to school administrators in writing, but nobody knows is Alyssa’s mom did so prior to the 14-year-old refusing to take the test, Fox News reports.


According to, the Common Core has been instituted in 44 states, Washington, D.C. and four territories. Virginia, Alaska, Texas, Minnesota, Nebraska, Indiana and Puerto Rico do not adopt the standards. The idea of the Common Core is that it will put students across the U.S. and its territories on the same academic grade level, so that if you transferred from a school in California to one in Missouri, you would be on track. It also revamps education standards and forces teachers to incorporate different things across subjects, like math, history, English language and science, to reinforce what students are learning. And students are also tested on what they learn.


What do you think of this news and of Common Core? What questions do you have—we’ll do our best to answer them in an upcoming GL School post.

BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 5/6/2014 4:06:00 PM


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