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Hundreds of Students Protest Common Core Test
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New assessment tests that have angered parents and teachers across the nation prompted walkouts Monday by hundreds of high school students in New Mexico who had been set to take the exams.
The backlash came as millions of U.S. students started taking the rigorous tests aligned with Common Core standards that outline math and language skills that should be mastered in each grade.
New Mexico is among a dozen states debuting the tests this year.
Opponents say the exams distract from real learning, put added stress on students and staff members, and waste resources, especially in poor districts.
Parents and students in Colorado, Pennsylvania and New York have already opted out of the exams. Others are lobbying lawmakers and education officials for change.
In Florida last week, Gov. Rick Scott suspended spring testing for 11th graders.
In New Mexico, a few hundred students at Albuquerque High School joined the walkout despite warnings from administrators that they could face discipline. About 100 other students at nearby Highland High School also left class as testing began.
Students at both schools took to the sidewalks with signs and chanted as supporters honked their horns.
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