by Megan Bias
On Monday, March 2, a few hundred students in Albuquerque, New Mexico, left class to protest testing that the state required which aligned with Common Core standards of math and language skills. Students took to the sidewalks and chanted as supporters honked their horns. The test, called the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, is used to evaluate students, teachers, and grade schools.
New Mexico is among a dozen states disputing the tests this year. Pennsylvania, New York, and Florida are also among those states. According to ABC News, students and parents who oppose the exams feel that they distract from real learning, put added stress on the students and staff, and waste resources. Among the effects of the new tests, Maya Quinones, an Albuquerque High School senior, said administrators warned her that participating in the walkout might prevent her from taking part in graduation ceremonies. However, an article from ABC News says that New Mexico Education Secretary Hanna Skandera is sure that the tests will provide useful results.