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bmartin at utmem.edu bmartin at utmem.edu
Sat Jul 8 16:43:35 EST 2000

In article < at oncology.wisc.edu>, Janet
Mertz <Mertz at oncology.wisc.edu> wrote:

> I sent my kids to an alternative elementary school that refuses to have
> anything to do with standardized tests (or any tests or grades). When they
> finally took their first standardized tests, they excelled at them anyway.
> By avoiding stupid tests and meaningless homework and worksheets, they
> retained their natural curiosity and love for learning (e.g., reading
> history and math books on their own during the summer for fun!).

Not an option for everyone.

> We need to
> convince politicians that requiring students to pass standardized tests to
> be promoted or graduate will not be a quick fix to the problems that ail
> many of our public schools. We also need to convince colleges to stop using
> the SAT I as a major criteria in admission. 

Complete agreement with these 2 comments.  Unfortunately, the country
in general is going the other direction with more calls for teacher and
school accountability as shown by scores on standardized tests. 

B. Martin

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