The legislature this year likely will tussle with opponents of the Common Core education curriculum, an effort to have a meaningful national standard of a solid education.

A group that opposes the standards is telling parents that it is their right to have their children boycott the tests when they are given this spring (though stopping short of encouraging a boycott). There could  be consequences, however, this article from Stephens Media notes. Students who don’t take the test won’t advance to the next grade. Or so say Cabot school officials. And the law, now a part of state Education Department rules, would appear to be on their side. Says the law:


“A student in grades three through eight identified as not passing a benchmark assessment and who fails to participate in the subsequent academic improvement plan shall be retained and shall not be promoted to the next appropriate grade” until the student either is deemed to have participated in the academic improvement plan or has passed the benchmark assessment.

The law also states, “A student who is identified as not meeting the requisite scale score for a general end-of-course assessment shall not receive academic credit on his or her transcript for the course related to the general end-of-course assessment until the student is identified as having participated in remediation through an individualized academic improvement plan.”

After broad national support, some conservative states have grown increasingly resistant. Oklahoma repealed its Common Core law.