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Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Students Walk Out on Common Core in New Mexico

The way to end the testing madness?  Don't participate!  Refuse the test! 

Out the door with Common Core.

From New Mexico:
Hundreds of students protesting a Common Core-oriented standardized test walked out of high schools across New Mexico on Monday.

The students, many carrying signs that read, "More teaching, less testing" and "Out the door with Common Core," ignored warnings from administrators who said they could face disciplinary measures and would not graduate if they continued the walkout.

Julie Guevara, a 16-year-old student in Albuquerque said students were tired of the constant testing and believed it was undermining their overall education.
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"We hope the governor hears us and does something about this," she said. "We're not going away."

The office of Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, a Common Core supporter, did not respond right away to a request for comment, the Associated Press reported.

The walkouts and demonstrations against Common Core started last week in Santa Fe, and students from several schools in Las Cruces also joined the movement by walking out of class on Monday. They were organized by a left-of-center group called ProgressNow/NM.

The largest demonstration was one at Albuquerque High School, where several hundred of its 1,800 students walked out, the Daily Caller reported.

The students are supposed to be taking the first day of standardized tests created by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).

PARCC is a consortium of 11 states and the District of Columbia that have banded together to offer similar tests all designed to adhere to Common Core.

Support for PARCC appears to be slipping. At its peak, the Daily Caller added, "23 states containing more than half the country’s population were a part of PARCC; now, more than half have pulled out."

Across the country, opposition to Common Core and its testing regime is growing. . . .

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