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NMSU hosts second community forum on test-based evaluation issues

New Mexico State University will conduct another community meeting to discuss standardized testing. The event will include a film and a public forum from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 30, at Clara Belle Williams Hall, room 229.


NMSU?s Borderlands Writing Project has joined with two other organizations -- NEA Las Cruces and Time to Learn and TNT: Teaching, Not Testing -- to host the event.

?We had such a successful turnout last time,? said Patti Wojahn, NMSU English professor in the College of Arts and Sciences and director of NMSU?s Borderlands Writing Project. ?We wanted to give our community another chance to learn more about this very important topic.?

NMSU?s talk last month with renowned education scholar Audrey Amrein-Beardsley had so many people come to hear the speaker and ask questions that the organizers were unable to complete the entire program.

The April event will begin with a showing of the documentary film ?Standardized? followed by three breakout sessions for community members which will provide information and options about testing in schools, an opportunity for people to take the PARCC test and a wrap up discussion about next steps in the process.

?Standardized tests have been part of the landscape of public education for a long time, but over the last 10 years, high-stakes testing has overshadowed other aspects of teaching accountability,? said Wojahn. ?The question is why and what parents and community members can do about it.?