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New Mexico Students Walk Out Over New Tests Contested In US

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Students frustrated over a new standardized test walked out of schools around New Mexico in protest Monday as the new exam was being given. The backlash came as millions of U.S. students started taking more rigorous exams...

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Students frustrated over a new standardized test walked out of schools around New Mexico in protest Monday as the new exam was being given.

The backlash came as millions of U.S. students started taking more rigorous exams aligned with Common Core standards. Many parents and students around the country have opted out of the exams. Others are lobbying lawmakers and education officials for change.

Dolores Ramos, 16, right, joins dozens of Highland High School students in Albuquerque, N.M., as students staged a walkout Monday March 2, 2015, to protest a new standardized test they say isn't an accurate measurement of their education. Students frustrated over the new exam walked out of schools across the state Monday in protest as the new exam was being given. The backlash came as millions of U.S. students start taking more rigorous exams aligned with Common Core standards. (AP Photo/Russell | ASSOCIATED PRESS

“There’s a lot of anxiety that is not based on facts or truths about this assessment,” Skandera told The New Mexican on Friday. “That stresses the importance of making sure we as adults are putting good information into the hands of our students.”

Skandera said the test isn’t an additional exam, just a better version of the state standards exam it replaced.