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Another test mess

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Posted: Thursday, August 15, 2013 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

Someone needs to explain the history and purpose of instituting the former literacy curriculum, which did not produce desired goals for students who were subjected to a sub-par plan and a waste of capital? What was gained, aside from distress and anxiety of all concerned, waiting for test results based on what is now deemed a less than desired outcome? Eventually a replacement was in order.

It was always the expectation that children would absorb and retain their acquired knowledge from a variety of subject areas for which they would receive a well-rounded education, which should be the goal. But wait, meeting benchmarks on standardized tests is a higher priority, and now a new, improved, tougher curriculum will supposedly fix everything and produce greater outcomes on standardized tests. Will children receive the well-rounded education they so deserve or will they once again become robots programmed to meet the testing standards?

As we know, the new actual “Common Core curriculum” was not available prior to testing. Pearson will supply it in September. What was gained from the current testing fiasco beside more disappointments and loss of valuable learning, plus the monetary cost? Parents should be diligent and skeptical in their choice for the incoming mayor.

L. Ciborowski
Middle Village

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