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To Test or Not to Test?

I am a retired teacher/grandmother and I grieve for all children who suffer because of standardized tests. If you parent a child who becomes anxious, nauseated, or sleep deprived due to stress over the test, you may consider opting your child out of the state assessment. If you do so, please double-check all information in this post with the education agency of your state.

Reasons to Oppose or Opt Out of the Test

  1. State exams do not measure the material we want students to learn. Unfortunately, schools tend to teach material being tested.
  1. High stakes tests promote racial bias since test vocabulary differs from the language of many minority students.
  1. Tests do not provide fair or accurate assessments of second language students or those living in poverty.
  1. Pressure from tests actually invites lying and cheating.
  1. Tests fail to indicate how much a student actually knows or how well a teacher teaches.
  1. Tests and test preparations reduce time for valuable instruction. Often schools eliminate art and music.
  1. Some students experience extreme stress because of tests.
  1. Emphasis on the yearly test reduces excitement, curiosity, and imagination.

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Helping With Stress and Anxiety

UntitledAmy_CampbellI am grateful to Amy Campbell for this contribution.  Amy is the counselor at the Rawson Saunders School for Dyslexia. Amy spends her days helping children deal with stress.

All children will have situations or periods of time that are worrisome and stressful. A child who is feeling worried or anxious may communicate these feelings through disturbances in sleep patterns, changes in eating habits, and/or reports of physical complaints. How to help a child navigate through worry, stress, and anxiety can depend largely on the situation and the child; however, here are some general things to consider when supporting children that may be experiencing anxiety: Continue reading