WBR parents, school leaders discuss opting out of PARCC testing

PORT ALLEN, LA (WAFB) - Parents in West Baton Rouge Parish voiced their concerns with school board leaders about Common Core and their plans to opt of PARCC.

At a morning meeting at the West Baton Rouge Parish school board parents made sure school leaders knew their problems they had with the state's education curriculum, Common Core, and the test that goes with it, PARCC.

Many parents argued the Common Core standards are setting their children back in the classroom. One of those parents was Crystal Bell, whose children attend school in Brusly. She said she will not be allowing her children to take the PARCC test.

"I'm hoping that enough students Louisiana opt out, and it will have some effect on the legislators," said Bell. "Hopefully it will help them see that a lot of us are opposed to Common Core and we would like it out of our schools."

Thomas and Daneyel Shepard will be doing the same. They said Common Core has affected their lives so much that not only are they opting out of PARCC, but they took one child out of school altogether.

"After Christmas time we chose to take her out and home school her, "said Daneyel Shepard. "We still do have three children that are in the public school system. So we really want to be a part of helping to find the solution."

"It's frustrating, because we just want to educate our children and it's a shame that it has become such a political football honestly," said West Baton Rouge Parish School Superintendent Wes Watts. "Our teachers just want to teach."

Watts said students in West Baton Rouge Parish will "not" be penalized if they do not take the PARCC test.

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