Military exam used in schools for over 40 years

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Students take test in Ignacio, Bayfield, too


By Chuck Slothower

Herald Staff Writer

Bayfield and Ignacio schools also offer a standardized test developed by the Defense Department that recently caused controversy at Durango High School.



In Bayfield, individual students can choose to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test, typically in small groups.



Several years ago, Bayfield School District ended mandatory ASVAB testing and made it optional, said Superintendent Dean Hill.



“Those kids who may have an interest in the military are usually the ones who take that,” Hill said.



For most students, the ACT provides career-exploration data, he said.



Ignacio High School mandated the ASVAB test for all juniors, although a few opted out with a parent’s permission, school counselors said. Testing went smoothly Oct. 14.



Ignacio Superintendent Juvie Jones said he has received no complaints about ASVAB testing.



“We’ve always had a pretty good working relationship with the recruiting officers,” he said.



In Bayfield, recruiters typically don’t meet with large groups of students, Hill said.



“Recruiters, when they find a student who is interested, they will occasionally meet the student at the school, of course with the parent’s understanding,” he said.



In Ignacio, recruiters sometimes take part in a career day event organized by the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, Jones said. Bayfield students also have participated in the tribe’s event, he said.



chuck@durangoherald.com

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