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Common core practice test coming to some TN schools

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There's a new test coming to Tennessee schools, and it's already making some parents angry. The state department of education says about 10 percent of Tennessee kids will take a common core practice test at the end of this school year.

Some districts have said no, but others are embracing it. And some parents are vowing to not allow their kids to take another test.

It's called the common core field test, and it will overlap with some of the schools' TCAP testing.

Two vocal parent groups say the newest test in Tennessee only benefits the company that is developing the common core curriculum.

"If this company wants to use our kids and teachers as research development subjects, they can pay them and do the testing outside school hours. They're basically using our teachers and students as free labor against their will," said Nashville parent Jennifer Smith.

The Metro Nashville teachers' union says this is causing teacher and student testing fatigue.

"We seem to be obsessed with testing rather than teaching, which is what I think school should be about," said Stephen Henry, president of the Metropolitan Nashville Education Association.

The Tennessee Department of Education denied our interview request but issued this statement:

"It would be irresponsible to simply roll out new exams without having a field test. Additionally, districts and schools make their own decision to participate in the field test."

And so we asked around, and many counties said they wanted to practice the test to get ready for it.

Metro Nashville Public Schools wants more than two-thirds of its schools to take the test, but districts in Cheatham, Rutherford and Sumner counties said no.

Sumner County Schools said it looked at the testing schedule and decided it was just too much testing.

"You can call up your school and find out if you are on the list. The schools should know which teachers' classes will be taking part. You should opt out and refuse to have your child to be used in this way," said parent Coreen Havron.

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