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Families opt out of Metro TCAP tests


As Metro students finished their second day of TCAP standardized testing Wednesday, two families have opted out of the exams altogether.

The TCAP tests are administered every spring to third- through eighth-graders in Tennessee. The assessments cover language arts, math, science and social studies.

In recent years, parents have called for ways to "opt out" of exams amid criticism that teachers spend too much time instructing for the test and it stresses young students.

Only two Metro families have fully opted out of TCAP tests this week, said district spokesman Joe Bass.

Parents who consider removing their students from the test are sent a letter cautioning about the consequences.

The note warns families that a student's TCAP scores are evaluated for admission into a magnet school and students who skip the exam will not be able to apply.

If too many students opt out of the test, overall school results will also suffer. The state flags schools as "in need of improvement" if fewer than 95 percent of students take the exam.

Students who opt-out are counted against the participation rate, the letter explains.

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