State testing critics call on students to opt out of class

'Opt Out Orlando' group opposes Florida Standards Assessment


ORLANDO, Fla. – Critics of the state's new standardized exams called on parents Wednesday to keep their children home from school.

The group, called "Opt Out Orlando," asked for fifth- through eighth-graders to stay home until 11 a.m. while the Orange County School District tests out the computer system that runs the controversial exams.

It is in an effort to avoid helping the district prepare for next month when students take the new Florida Standards Assessment.

"Opt Out Orlando" claims that the test preparations take away from learning time for students. 

School officials said they likely won't know official attendance numbers until Friday.

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