Published Online: December 1, 2015
Published in Print: December 2, 2015, as NAEP Scores Are Dropping? Maybe Our Mindless Testing Is at Fault

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NAEP Scores Are Dropping? Maybe Our Mindless Testing Is at Fault

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To the Editor:

Regarding the Curriculum Matters blog post "Math NAEP Scores Drop for 4th and 8th Grades":

Of course math and reading scores are dropping. What do we expect? Kids are finally realizing that these tests mean nothing. So why should they bother? Teachers, too, are sick and tired of all this dependency on exams to tell them if kids are doing well or not. Any good teacher, even a mediocre teacher, knows whether kids are doing well or not.

Leave the kids alone. Dump the tests. Stop making exam-producing companies rich at the children's and teachers' expense.

Elaine Gallagher
International Educational Consultant
Laredo, Texas

Vol. 35, Issue 13, Page 22

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