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Parents upset about standardized testing requirements

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Some local parents claim they were told their children are no longer welcome at school, after they decided to opt their children out of a standardized test that the school requires.

The parents said their kids are being forced to take too many tests and they are tired of it. They're also upset about how the school responded.

All three of Virginia Bader's children have gone to Diocese of Saginaw School District, but now she's looking for a new school for her 9-year-old daughter, who until last Friday attended Nouvel Catholic Central Elementary.

She doesn't agree with the amount of standardized testing being done at the school.

"They should be spending more time in class teaching the children than testing the children," Bader said.

Nouvel requires every student to take the Measures of Academic Progress test, commonly referred to as MAP.

Bader said she believes educating the students is not the focus of the testing, and she questions what her child will get out of it.

"They are not teaching for education. They are not teaching for learning. They are teaching so these children can be set up and ready for the testing," Bader said.

TV5 reached out the the Diocese of Saginaw regarding the MAP testing requirement.

"This is an assessment test which indicates a student's strengths and weaknesses and allows teachers to use that data to tailor instruction to individual students needs. The test measures academic progress and assists the school and teachers in determining the proper course for instruction. Therefore, students are required to participate in map testing," they said in a statement.

The Diocese also said parents have a right to choose another learning environment.

Bader said parents were caught off guard by the tests.

"If it's such a wonderful program then how come it was snuck in and so secretive," she said.

A spokeperson for the school said the testing has been going on for at least three years and that parents were notified.

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