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Monday, April 20, 2015Dr. Kathryn Pole, Assistant Professor of literacy studies in the department of Curriculum and Instruction, was recently featured in an article in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram regarding North Texas parents who are joining a nationwide movement to opt out of high-stakes standardized testing. Speaking about the increased number of parents opting their children out of standardized tests such as the STAAR test, Dr. Pole told the newspaper that "The movement is definitely growing. Since the early days of No Child Left Behind (http://www.ed.gov/esea) in the mid-2000's, there were small pockets of parents who resisted standardized tests, but over the past three years we've seen a dramatic rise in the number of parents choosing to opt out of these tests."