Passed bill allows parents to opt students out of testing

BISMARCK, N.D. - A bill allowing parents to opt students out of testing is heading to Governor Doug Burgum's desk for final approval.

The measure allows guardians to sign a parental directive exempting their child from state tests. It also allows parents to exempt their kids from other specific assessments.

Parents must provide the standardized form to their student's district and it's only good until the end of the school year.

The Senate originally wanted this law to be in effect for only two years, but eventually agreed to remove the sunset clause.

"We both agreed that if there is a problem, we will bring this back anyway so the sunset clause was not necessary," says Sen. Donald Schaible, R-Mott.

The bill will not allow parents to exempt kids from any test required for completion of a grade or graduation, the ACT and WorkKeys assessments.