Las Cruces Students Protest New Standardized Testing
Standardized tests have been around forever, but students and parents in New Mexico aren’t happy about the latest test, and they took to the streets to protest it.
Earlier this week, hundreds of students walked out of Las Cruces schools chanting, “I am not a test score” to protest New Mexico's new PARCC standardized testing. Students and parents say that the new test is too hard and puts too much pressure on students who need to pass the test to get a high school diploma.
Parents can opt their kids out of the PARCC, but they will not get diplomas when they graduate – they’ll get certificates of completion. Students can get into some universities with that certificate, but diplomas help with financial aid. Students who do not make up their absence from the PARCC testing will have used up one of their 3 mandated attempts at the exam.