PARCC Protest Prompts Concerns

Students at Hot Springs High School have planned to walk out of classes Friday morning, February 27, in protest of mandated standardized tests. The tests are set to begin in earnest on Monday, March 2.
The student action is a move to express opposition to the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) tests.
Friday’s planned protest also serves as a show of solidarity with students in Santa Fe and elsewhere in New Mexico, who have been participating in similar demonstrations over the past week.
State teachers’ union representatives have long voiced concerns about the annual standardized testing regimen, saying the focus required to prepare students and actual testing procedures interfere with classroom education. Of more concern to many educators…