Why are college-bound CO students protesting the new CMAS?

Students at Fairview High School in Colorado organized a mass protest of the new Colorado Measures of Academic Success: Science and Social Studies test in mid-november. Student leaders Rowan Hussein and Natalie Griffin joined the Dec 4 Education Town Hall to discuss the new CMAS and the reasons protestors object to this test and its use for evaluating teachers and schools.

Listen to Track 3 below —

photo: Nicholas Garcia, via Chalkbeat
photo: Nicholas Garcia, via Chalkbeat

Some Background

Students say that the new exam was developed by Pearson, not by educators and without student input, and that it was adopted by the state legislature with little input from students.

They object to the use of funds for this test and to the addition of this additional stress to the fall of senior year, when college admittance is a prime focus. (See also Chalkbeat)

To contact protestors directly, email CMASprotest at gmail.com, or visit their blog.

The Education Town Hall broadcasts from Historic Anacostia in Washington, DC, Thursdays at 11 Eastern on We Act Radio.
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