After reading this story on KOBTV website (http://www.kob.com/article/stories/S3152849.shtml?cat=500) I started thinking about what would happen in New Mexico if parents refused to allow their children to take the SBA? What are the benefits to students and parents of taking the tests? They are used in High School as a graduation requirement but a student could still graduate by using the ADC (alternative demonstration of competency) . We are told that they can be used to improve instruction but aren’t the multiple assessments that the classroom teacher gives better for that purpose? So, if there are few if any benefit for students why would a parent want to subject their child to “high stakes” (for teachers and schools) testing? If I were a parent of a school age child the decision would not be hard for me but I am just One New Mexico Teacher.