FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — The Frederick County Board of Education is considering a policy to guide county schools when students refuse to take state standardized tests.

The Frederick News-Post reports that at least three members of the seven-member school board have indicated their support for such a policy, which will be discussed in February.

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The county school system currently allows a child to refuse a test without consequence, but the school board has expressed frustration that the Maryland State Department of Education hasn’t said what students should do in place of the test or how to treat situations in which parents refuse to let their children take the test.

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Discussion on testing refusals has intensified since the recent implementation of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers exam. The test’s first-ever statewide results were generally poor.

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