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Town Hall Meetings Scheduled to Discuss Testing, Graduation Requirements

Superintendent Winston Brooks and the APS Board of Education will host half a dozen public meetings to provide information on public school testing from kindergarten through high school. The first meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, at Volcano Vista High School.

Public and charter school students in New Mexico take a lot of tests during their school years. Testing requirements have changed in recent years which, understandably, have led to some confusion. To help provide clarification, Albuquerque Public Schools Superintendent Winston Brooks and the Board of Education are hosting several town hall meetings over the next month beginning Oct. 1.

The superintendent and board will be joined by APS Chief Academic Officer Shelly Green, testing officials and others to help explain what tests students take, when they take them, how to prepare for them and how to evaluate their results. These include the New Mexico Standards Based Assessment (SBA) as well as End of Course exams that are now required for students in kindergarten through 12th grade and to earn a high school diploma.

Officials also will discuss other graduation requirements.

"We encourage parents to attend these informative meeting to get a better understanding of testing requirements as your child progresses through school," said Green.

Here is a list of the town hall meetings. All meetings are from 6:30-8 p.m. and will be preceded by teacher meetings on how testing will affect teacher evaluations.

Tuesday, Oct. 1 Volcano Vista performing arts center
Thursday, Oct. 3 West Mesa performing arts center
Tuesday, Oct. 15 Highland performing arts center
Thursday, Oct. 17 Valley performing arts center
Monday, Oct. 21 Atrisco Heritage performing arts center
Monday, Nov. 4 La Cueva performing arts center
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