Updated: 12/09/2013 1:07 PM |
Created: 12/09/2013 1:03 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed, KOB.com
Albuquerque students started taking the controversial, end-of-course exams on Monday.
Last week, APS school board member Kathy Korte sent out an email to parents in her district asking them to opt their children out of the state-mandated test. She argued that the tests were more about evaluating teachers than benefitting students.
Korte wanted the school board to send out a similar message to all parents, but the school board voted against the proposal last week.
According to APS, fewer than 100 students in the district have opted out.
A spokesperson with the Public Education Department previously told KOB Eyewitness News 4 that the end-goal of the tests is to improve student performance in New Mexico – a state that hasn't ranked well nationwide.