APS board member: Opt students out of teacher evaluation tests

Updated: 12/03/2013 5:21 PM | Created: 12/03/2013 2:57 PM
By: Kim Tobin, KOB Eyewitness News 4

ALBUQUERQUE -- It's another chapter in the education reform saga.

This week, an Albuquerque Public Schools board member sent an email urging parents to opt their children out of standardized tests that evaluate students and teachers.

"They need to approach their principals and say, 'I want to opt my student out of any excessive tests that do not impact my student's grade and do not impact my student's diploma,'" said APS board member and parent Kathy Korte.

Korte says the tests are more about evaluating teachers than benefiting students.

"Get out of my schools and stop micromanaging my child's teacher," said Korte. "You're not in the classroom with my student. You're not in there, you're not looking at the wonderful things they're doing on a daily basis. And they are being assessed by their teachers."

The new tests have led to rallies and protests across New Mexico.

In a statement, Larry Behrens from the New Mexico Education Department said: "Measuring student achievement is key for holding ourselves accountable to our children and their parents. It's unfortunate a select few feel accountability is a burden, however we believe most parents will not."

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