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YOU ASK. WE INVESTIGATE. Boy denied zone variance over SBAC test refusal

Posted at 6:55 PM, Jul 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-22 21:55:53-04
School and making friends can be hard enough, but a fourth grader will have to change schools this fall, and his mom says it is all because he did not take a test.
Carter Hugdahl and his mom Tabitha were big fans of Nate Mack Elementary. The one thing Tabitha and her husband do not like are the standardized tests. They opted their son out of the SBAC during third grade.
"What are they using this test for?" Tabitha asked. "And when his father asked that question to the administrator, they told him for demographics."
Then they got a letter from the school's principal, denying his zone variance. It says they grant zone variance for being "in good standing," and goes on to mention Carter did not take the SBAC.
"I feel like it affects us because we've had to tell Carter of this decision and it really affected him more than I thought it would," said Tabitha. "And so that hurt me as a parent, watching my child cry, wondering why he can't go to this school."
As you can imagine, Carter misses his friends and teachers.
"Because my friends there were nice, kind," Carter said. "I had the best teacher."
But he supports his parent's decision.
"I actually think my mom and dad made a good decision...because it would probably be boring sitting in a chair for six or seven hours," he said.
13 Action News reached out to the Clark County School District. They said the more overcrowded a school is, the harder to get a zone variance and not taking a standardized test could impact your approval. 
They told us they could not say anything more because of privacy laws.