Parents who oppose standardized tests given to students may think they’re taking a positive stance for education by opting their children out of those tests, but doing so could have a huge negative impact on schools and the school district, Webster Parish Superintendent Dr. Dan Rawls said Monday.

“If a child doesn’t take the test, the teacher gets a zero on their VAM (Value Added Measure) score, the school gets a zero on the student accumulation score and the district gets a zero,” Rawls explained to parish school board members. “Some say that’s only one zero, but what if it’s 300,

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