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It was the test mark heard around the state. Tired of what she said is a state constantly prioritizing poorly-written tests over classroom learning, Los Alamos High School senior Emma Lathrop created and led a protest that not only seems to be catching on around the state, but throughout the country as well.
Her method was simple. Instead of using slogans and picket signs, Lathrop asked her fellow students to instead mark every answer “D” on the on this semester’s end-of-course exams.
The end-of-course exam is the tool the state uses to see if students are reaching certain academic benchmarks and goals. Lathrop and others have said the tests are useless as far as measuring real academic performance, and worse, full of inaccuracies and typographical errors.
The tests are part of a greater teacher evaluation system started this school year.
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