A plan to punish schools where a lot of kids opt out of tests has been shot down.

It is a big victory for parents and students pushing back against state testing. A controversial plan to punish schools where a lot of kids opt out of tests has been shot down.

Going forward, those schools with high opt-out rates now will not be told how to spend federal money. The New York Board of Regents is cutting proposal that would have penalized school districts with a high number of testing opt-outs.

The move affects any school with fewer than 95 percent of students taking state math and English tests. The plan would have forced schools to spend some of the federal money they get each year on new campaigns or advertisements to boost test participation.

According to the Albany Times Union, the state's education commissioner told members there was some confusion causing too much stress and tension over the original plan so they did away with it.

The PreK-12 committee approved the changes Monday and the full board is expected to do the same Tuesday.