A group of Portland students held a rally Wednesday, urging a boycott of state standardized tests.
The students said the tests are an inaccurate way of judging student progress, and that some students are simply not good test-takers.
The Oregon Assessment and Skills exams are given each year in grades three through eight, and again in 11th grade. The tests are used in state and federal school ratings, but the students said they're an unfair evaluation of students, teachers and schools.
They also believe the tests require too much preparation time, and take away from more important studies.
"We have this huge paper we're going to write, but we didn't discuss that. We're not working on that," said Deja Brooks, a Cleveland High School student. "We're worried about state testing. Hopefully, our teachers are evaluated correctly."
At a news conference Wednesday morning, the students launched their "Opt Out" campaign that urges students to take part in the boycott.
Because the number of students tested affects school ratings, the students hope their boycott will lower those ratings and send a message against standardized testing.
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