Farmington teacher’s contract not renewed after PARCC test opt-out

Farmington Public Schools

FARMINGTON, N.M. (KRQE) – A teacher in Farmington who distributed opt-out forms for the controversial PARCC exam will not have her contract renewed.

According to the Farmington Daily Times Sharon Yocum, who teaches fifth grade at Esperanza Elementary, was placed on leave in February for giving her students the forms.

Yocum says the district has now informed her she isn’t compatible with their needs for a teacher.

The district told the newspaper they couldn’t comment.

The PARCC test has been controversial, sparking protests and walk-outs at schools all over the state. Many people are mad the tests are used in teacher evaluations, others are mad about their design. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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