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APS may seek delay of new test use

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Albuquerque school board will decide next week if it wants to follow in the footsteps of school districts that have called on the state to delay adoption of a new standardized test, or to delay the use of scores from that test in future teacher evaluations and school grades.

During a committee meeting Tuesday night, board members said they planned to consider adoption of resolutions like those passed by Santa Fe Public Schools and Rio Rancho Public Schools during the next APS board meeting, on Nov. 5.

The Rio Rancho school board in September called for an indefinite delay to the use of PARCC exam scores in teacher evaluations and school grades. The Santa Fe school board, meanwhile, issued a resolution saying it wants the state to delay giving the PARCC exam for two years.

APS board member Lorenzo Garcia said the board should take its time in discussing a possible resolution and consider it carefully.

“I want there to be more discussion as a board,” he said.

Board member Kathy Korte said she’d support a resolution calling for a delay in the use of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers exam the state is set to adopt this year.

“I would like to not adopt PARCC at all,” Korte said but added she doesn’t believe that’s likely to happen.

The PARCC exam is set to replace the Standards Based Assessment and is designed to match the Common Core standards the state put in place last year. Scores from the PARCC exam won’t be used in teacher evaluations or school grades given for this school year because there is a one-year delay in the use of test scores.

The board had planned to discuss the matter in more detail Tuesday, but several board members were absent. Board members Marty Esquivel, David Peercy were not at the meeting. Board president Analee Maestas left to attend another meeting. Board member Don Duran attended by phone.

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