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Marietta family refuses to let kids take CRCT

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MARIETTA, Ga. - Mary and Tracy Finney love their children more than anything but they say the standardized testing known as the CRCT causes too much anxiety and stress for their kids.

Macy and Jack Finney are both students at West Side Elementary in Marietta and have recently been studying for the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests otherwise known as the CRCT. The CRCT is a standardized test that, according to the Georgia Department of Education is required for all students in grades one through eight in Georgia.

According to GDOE, the purpose of the CRCT is to measure how well students acquire the skills and knowledge described in the state mandated content standards. These standards include reading, language arts mathematics, science and social studies.

The Finneys believe that the preparation going into the testing is having a harmful effect on their children

"Children are coming home not being able to sleep at night, having anxiety about what they are going to do the next morning, how they are going to test,” says Mark Finney. “The emphasis is placed on if they don't pass this test they don't get to go on to the next grade."

The Finneys told the school system on Monday about their decision and asked that their children do other school work instead. The Finneys claim they have a legal right to refuse but were not happy with the school’s response.
    
“Their response was you are not allowed to opt out and we never used the terms opting out, we wanted to refuse the CRCT testing and any standardized testing," says Mark Finney.

The CRCT testing started Wednesday and goes through next Tuesday for Marietta city schools.
The Finneys say they love their school, but don't approve of the testing    

“We as parents understand the consequences of opting out which means we have to go through a review process with teachers and the principal,” says Tracy Finney. They will look at the entire picture of our children’s education to make the decision whether they move to the next grade rather than that CRCT snapshot."

The Finneys took Macy and Jack to school Thursday morning and say the school welcomed them. They say they are satisfied with the outcome for now but they also say many more parents feel the same as they do about the standardized testing. It's a fight they are fighting and hope others will do the same.

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