Lawmakers defeat mandatory opt out for Common Core tests

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada lawmakers have defeated a proposal that would have required school districts to allow children to opt out of standardized testing.

Assembly members voted to kill the amendment to SB75 during a floor session on Monday. The bill then passed on a 26-14 vote.

The amendment was proposed by Republican Assemblyman Brent Jones and would have required all Nevada school districts to allow parents to opt their children out of standardized testing aligned to the Common Core standards.

Most of the state's school districts already allow parents to opt out of testing, but Jones said he wanted that in law.

SB75 requires that students complete a minimum number of school days before they must take standardized tests. It aims to put children on traditional and year-round schedules on equal footing.

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