BERNARDS TWP., NJ - The Bernards Township school district has posted instructions on the school website for how parents can officially refuse to allow students to take the state's standardized PARCC testing during this school year.

The testing, which was launched statewide last year, is scheduled to begin first at Ridge High School on April 5, Schools Superintendent Nick Markarian said in an email on Tuesday.

The notification on the school website says that all students scheduled for PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) testing are expected to take the test.  

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"However, if as a parent you are refusing the PARCC test for your child at the high school you must complete this form," the notification says, linking to a form that the website must be submitted once for each child at Ridge. The form for Ridge students must be submitted by March 29, according to the website.

For PARCC test refusals at either the William Annin Elementary School or the other schools, parents must notify the school principal via mail or email, the website says.

Markarian also said by email on Tuesday that the state hasn't officially released the participation rates for students taking the PARCC tests in districts around the state.

Earlier this year, school officials said at a meeting that township students had performed well on the test in spring 2015.