Albuquerque board refuses to send testing letters

December 6, 2013 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque’s school board has [auth] voted down a proposal to have the district send letters telling parents that they can have their children not take certain standardized tests.

The board voted 5-2 on Wednesday against the proposal by member Kathy Korte, who said opting out would send a protest message against the state’s new teacher evaluation system.

High school students who don’t take certain exams might not graduate.

Board members opposed to sending the letters expressed concern that sending the letters would effectively convey a message that the district encourages parents to opt their kids out of exams.

The sttae Public Education Department has said the exams are needed to keep teachers accountable based on a set of core standards.

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