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Students protest new state tests

Created: 12/19/2013 6:50 PM
By: Jorge Torres, KOB Eyewitness News 4

We've heard from administrators like Kathy Korte.    

We've heard from parents, like Kris Nielsen.

Now, students who are against the End of Course exams are using them to speak out.

Emma Lathrop, a senior at Los Alamos High School, says that students should "go into the end of course exams that do not affect their final grade or their graduation and answer questions with all D’s."

She started a Facebook page called "New Mexico Students D-Mand Better" which has gained more than 300 followers since Monday.     

The emphasis is on the "D".

"We demand change. By putting D's on every answer, we demand change," Emma said.

She was part of the first group of students that tested for the New Mexico Standards Based Assessment a decade ago, and these new round of tests are the final straw.

"It's ridiculous and students are tired of being tested," she said.

Emma has received feedback from other students across the state who agree with her views.   

She says she's ready to take on any possible discipline.

"I assume that I'll be called into the office tomorrow (Friday) at school but I think I'll be ready for that," said Lathrop.

Lathrop also said that she's sorry if she does hurt a few teacher's evaluations, but thinks that this is going to benefit them in the long run.


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