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IPFS News Link • Education: Government Schools

'A Test You Need to Fail': A Teacher's Open Letter to Her 8th Grade Students

•, by Ruth Ann Dandrea
 Dear 8th Graders,
I’m sorry.

I spent last night perusing the 150-plus pages of grading materials provided by the state in anticipation of reading and evaluating your English Language Arts Exams this morning. I knew the test was pointless—that it has never fulfilled its stated purpose as a predictor of who would succeed and who would fail the English Regents in 11th grade. Any thinking person would’ve ditched it years ago. Instead, rather than simply give a test in 8th grade that doesn’t get kids ready for the test in 11th grade, the state opted to also give a test in 7th grade to get you ready for your 8th-grade test.


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Comment by Dennis Treybil
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 Yay!  We get a generation of accomplished test-takers!

DC Treybil