2 Grand Junction-area school board members opt kids out of state tests

Earlier this week, CPR's Jenny Brundin brought us the story of Steamboat Springs' struggle with the new PARCC test.

Now, the Grand Junction Sentinel reports that two Mesa County Valley School Board members -- including board president Greg Mikolai -- are opting their own children out of the test.

Mikolai said he, his wife and their son made the decision to opt out after the State Board of Education passed a resolution protecting schools from taking a hit in accreditation if fewer than 95 percent of students participated in standardized testing. He said as a parent he hopes others follow his lead.

“If we have enough non-participation, I think it will send a message that this has to be changed,” he said.

Here's more information on the new tests.