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I’m a Public Educator and I Am Opting My Son Out of Standardized Testing: Why and How You Might Do the Same.

I never took a high-stakes test in my 13 years as a K-12 public school student. Standardized testing was not yet the norm when I was in school, but it became so when I was in college studying to be a teacher. The shift was subtle in some states, but in Pennsylvania, where I was …

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Testing: To Infinity and Beyond Reason (Part Two)

Welcome back, gentle readers. In the previous installment of this two-part blog series, I described how the bipartisan No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), with its focus on standardized test results, propelled American education into an era of testing mania. I cited examples of NCLB’s unfortunate consequences, such as a dramatic decrease in classroom instructional …

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Testing: To Infinity and Beyond Reason (Part One)

It’s back to school time and kids everywhere are excited about the prospect of taking lots of tests to measure their “learning loss” during the pandemic and prepare them for state-mandated tests at the end of the school year. In all honesty, testing is not one of the reasons most children want to return to …

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