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SNOHOMISH -- More than 550 Snohomish School District students did not take state exams in the past two weeks, a revolt staged by parents who question whether the tests are worth the money. The parents also hoped to get the attention of state lawmakers.
With so many kids bowing out of the tests, the school district could lose some control for another year in how it spends federal funds given to schools with a large percentage of students who qualify for free and reduced lunches.
The district most likely won't meet the federal requirement that at least 95 percent of students participate in the exams.
So far, the students who didn't take the Measurement of Student Progress represent about 12 percent of the 4,501 students between third and eighth grade required to take the test in Snohomish.
Last year only 12 students missed the standardized tests.
The final tally could increase because students are scheduled to continue taking the tests until June 1. . . .