There are 877 seniors at Cherry Creek High School, but only 24 showed up to take the state’s Colorado Measures of Academic Success test on Thursday.

Among those was senior Josh Boxer, who spent the day volunteering his time instead of taking the timed test.

“We’ve been taking standardized testing since we were in sixth grade — since we were 12. I think there’s way too much of it and quite frankly, I’m tired of it,” said Boxer.

He was in good company. Only 3 percent of his class and 63 percent of the district actually took the new CMAS test. Cherry Creek School District officials encouraged students to take it but weren’t surprised by the number of parent refusals.

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