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Hundreds of NM Students Walk Out to Protest Common Core Exam

By    |   Monday, 02 March 2015 06:44 PM

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.

"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.

Commentator Michelle Malkin wrote that in Colorado, the state board of education voted in January to permit districts to opt out of PARCC testing.

Missouri recently withdrew from the PARCC testing regime. In New Jersey, many school administrators now concede that students are not required to take the exam, and a growing number of parents say their children are opting out.

Parents and students alike "have complained about PARCC's poorly worded, complicated and even misleading questions, online navigation issues and glitches," the South Jersey Courier-Post Online reported. "Some say it includes material not taught in the grade-level curriculum and they worry students as young as third grade must be proficient enough with a computer to take the test."

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