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State lawmaker pushes to end controversial standardized test in NM

Kai Porter
January 02, 2019 05:40 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A state lawmaker is pushing one more time to get rid of the controversial PARCC test, the standardized test a lot of our kids take to see if they meet common core standards.

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The bill has failed in prior legislative sessions. But this time around things are different. Republican Governor Susana Martinez's administration started requiring the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, test in 2015.

Ellen Bernstein, president of the Albuquerque Teachers Federation has been a fierce critic of the test.

"Instead of just taking a test, to get information, it was taking a test to determine the future of a student, whether they could graduate, of a teacher, whether they had a good evaluation, and school, whether or not they were deemed doing well or failing," she said.

Bernstein said the PARCC tests put too much at stake.

If it passes, State Senator John Sapien's bill would ban the PARCC test in New Mexico and replace it with a new test the public education department develops or purchases. Bernstein supports the bill.

"Get rid of the high stakes on the test, so regardless of what test we have, don't pin graduation or a teacher's evaluation or school grade on a single test score,” Bernstein said. “And then secondly, I think we can find a better test."

Past versions of Senator Sapien's bill never made it to the governor's desk. With a new governor in place, this may be the year the senator finds success.

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham's office sent KOB a statement saying:

"The governor is eager to quickly move on from the PARCC test and toward a more sensible assessment, built with the input of key stakeholders like educators, parents and students that is compliant with federal law.”

KOB was unable to reach Senator Sapien for comment on his bill. The legislative session begins on January 15th.

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