A school bus passes a sign encouraging parents to have their children opt out of state tests in Rotterdam, N.Y. Mike Groll/AP hide caption

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Anti-Test 'Opt-Out' Movement Makes A Wave In New York State

Activists say that about 175,000 students refused to take federally mandated tests last week.

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Students arrive at CLA. More than half end up here after being expelled from other schools, usually for fighting, weapons or drugs. LA Johnson/NPR hide caption

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Makenzie Vasquez (from left), Pamala Hunt, Latonya Suggs, Ann Bowers, Nathan Hornes, Ashlee Schmidt, Natasha Hornes, Tasha Courtright, Michael Adorno and Sarah Dieffenbacher are refusing to pay back loans they took out to attend Corinthian Colleges. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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