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Stand-ing Against Stand-ard-Despised Testing

How many tests are students taking? Preliminary research by the Council of the Great City Schools, which represents large urban districts, found that students take an average of 113 standardized tests between pre-K and 12th grade.”

How do I know it’s such a problem? I was a New York City public school teacher, and I am currently teaching 520 public school students a week in addition to mentoring six new teachers in New York City public schools and charter schools. Along the way, I talk with everyone, teachers, administrators and students. I work in the South Bronx, Harlem and Crown Heights. As I gather information through observations and conversations, it’s clear that testing is the Darth Vader of these students’ lives. Here are some examples of testing’s destructive effects:

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