Penalties against schools, school systems,  teachers, and students for failing to participate in the PARCC standardized assessment would be prohibited under a bill prefiled by state Rep. Bob Hensgens. 

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The PARCC exams have come under fire from critics of Common Core, some of whom opted their children out of PARCC testing last week.

Under Hensgen's bill, students in grades 3 through 8 would not be penalized for opting out, and school performance scores, teacher evaluations, and school system letter grades would not take the opt-outs into consideration.

Toby Daspit, president of Power of Public Education Lafayette, has questioned the effectiveness of the exams, telling the Acadiana Press Club the exams are not a "reliable indicator" of performance because few states are participating in the consortium.