DENVER (CBS4) – Students on Monday took to the state Capitol to share their frustrations with Colorado’s education system.

It was the first “State of the Student” address to happen at the Capitol and hundreds of students showed up. They want big changes for Colorado schools where they say a one size fits all education is failing in classrooms.

Students say for the past 12 years the No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top standardized education practices have failed to prepare students for life after high school.

The students want to see the end of statewide standardized tests and instead focus on creating a more natural method that prepares students for their civic responsibilities and allows them to pursue individual passions. Students also want to have a say in how their educations are planned.

“What we want to see is an education system that’s collaborate, that has students voice, that we are interested in real world experiences inside of our classroom instead of just preparing for standardized tests,” Alex Kasch with the Denver Student Union said.

Also happening Monday evening is an open microphone opportunity where any student can come and share their experiences under education reform.

The Denver Student Union has also started a petition detailing what they want to see happen. After the rally they will take the petition to the Colorado Department of Education and Gov. John Hickenlooper.

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