Orange County student protests standardized tests

May 15, 2013 2:58:46 PM PDT
A student in Orange County is protesting state tests at an Orange County middle school.

Sixth grader Zoe Morris refused to take the standardized tests known as "Measures of Student Learning" that started Tuesday at McDougle Middle School in Chapel Hill. Zoe's dad said her stand led her to be escorted off of school property.

The 11-year-old's dad says she's a straight-A student and when she takes the standardized tests she normally scores in 99th percentile.

Zoe doesn't agree with the common core testing.

Dad and daughter say they told the principal she wasn't planning on taking the exam and they were assured nothing would happen.

Zoe, however, spent two days at home instead of in school.

"I kind of figured they would have something that they would do that they weren't telling us, but it was not expected that I wouldn't be able to be at school," said Zoe.

In a statement, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Exec. Dir. of Community Relations Jeff Nash said, "It's unfortunate. We would have rather her have been tested as required by the state. We're just carrying out the direction of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and if the student is at school, we are required to test them."

School officials say if Zoe misses the day of make-up test for MSL, there will not be a punishment.

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