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HOBBS, N.M. - Students frustrated over a new standardized test are planning school walkouts in protest across New Mexico.
NewsWest 9's Alicia Neaves is at Hobbs High School and there were numerous students seen walking out.
The backlash comes as millions of U.S. students start taking new, more rigorous exams aligned with Common Core standards.
In New Mexico, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC tests, start Monday.
State Education Secretary Hanna Skandera defends the exams, telling the Santa Fe New Mexican in an interview that much of the concern about the tests is based on misinformation.
Retired educator Moises Venegas says the planned walkout remind him of the late 1960s when Albuquerque students protested the Vietnam War and school conditions.