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Linda Clay

Very well put Mary. Really needs to be rethought....by those with years of classroom experience. The results of this testing carries much far too much weight in how the performance of so many will be ranked, and judged. Teacher AND students. And administrators ultimately.


I'm probably in a minority, but I liked taking tests and I was good at them. I was relaxed and not worried at all about the outcome. I had a good memory and generally got good grades. To me it was like playing a game to see how many questions I could get right. The only time I had any problem with tests was if I tried to think too deeply into what answer they really wanted, because there were times when the questions seemed vague, but if I just whizzed along, I did quite well. I credit my love of reading for my vocabulary and reading retention - I always had my nose in a book. I think if every child had someone to read to who would help them with the hard words, they could all succeed in the rest of their studies... but, of course, I am not a teacher and I know that it is probably impossible to spend that much time with individual students. Unless the schools would devise a mentor system to assign younger students to an older student who would help them to sharpen their reading skills. Would that help?

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