Array of unnecessary standardized tests not helping school children

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By Kris Nielsen and Kathy Korte

For our public school children, spring is an exciting time. It’s warmer and trees and flowers bloom. But it’s also a more stressful time for our kids because this year, like no other year before it, they’ll undergo so many more standardized tests.
As parents of public school children and leaders in a fight against these unnecessary standardized tests, we want to remind our public school administrators — and some of our teachers — that as educated parents, we know what we want for our children.
The dizzying array of unnecessary standardized tests forced upon our children by the New Mexico Public Education Department and the school districts are not what we want.
So we will employ — and encourage other like-minded, caring parents — our right to opt our children out of these unnecessary tests. What tests do we refer to?
End of Course exams: In 4-8 grades, they are “optional” and only used to evaluate teachers, providing no new data to help drive instruction. We know that by scores of fall EOCs and by the PED’s Joslyn Overby, who stressed that they are optional at a recent teacher training.

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