The new Smarter Balanced exams have drawn criticism for their length, difficulty, and complexity.  

Oregon allows students to opt out of state exams on religious or disability grounds. 

1,302 students have asked out of the tests, according to numbers provided to Oregon Public Broadcasting by all 25 school districts in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties.

Among the opt-outs, 911 are in Portland Public. That’s more than 3 1/2 percent of the district’s test-taking population. If more than 5 percent of students don’t participate at a particular school, it can downgrade that school’s rating. Portland officials didn’t say if any schools would be affected.  

Lake Oswego saw a rash of test opposition at one of its high schools. Juniors are required to take the Smarter Balanced exam. But 100 juniors at Lake Oswego High, or about one-third of the junior class, have requested test exemptions.

Elementary and middle school students began taking the exam in March and high school students can begin taking the exam in late April.

The Gresham-Barlow School District hadn’t reported numbers by the end of last week. Now, the district is reporting 31 students have opted out of the new Smarter Balanced tests.