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Students, teachers show up for protest of PARCC tests

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Education> LAHS to start testing early next week

By Tris DeRoma

When people think of a protester, they usually picture someone who’s noisy, rowdy and sometimes violent, with plenty of sign waving and personal confrontation.
However, some Los Alamos High School students had a different idea when they decided to protest a new type of assessment test they will be taking next week.
Called the “Partnership For Assessment Of Readiness For College And Careers” exam, (PARCC) the test replaces the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) test, the test the high school students have been taking since elementary school.
About 70 students assembled peaceably in the school’s lobby around 3:30 p.m. Thursday.
A pair of them, Evan Oro and Katy Stockton handed out a 3-page argument what’s wrong with the test, as well as a tip sheet for teachers on how they too could protest the test by skewing the results to “demonstrate (the New Mexico Public Education Department’s) arbitrary use of numbers and how the system can be totally manipulated.”
Then, all of the students, as well as a few teachers staged a “sit-in” as school district officials, including LAHS Principal Debbie Belew-Nyquist and Superintendent of Schools Gene Schmidt engaged the students in conversation about their feelings about PARCC.


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