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  •  I disagree with yearly testing. I hate it in the (3+ / 0-)
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    FloridaSNMOM, Nance, kkkkate

    public school system.

     You have no idea how many students I have seen break out in hives or cry at the mention of that state's yearly standardized test (I have taught in multiple states).  To insist that home school  be brought in as if they must be under a microscope and tested on a test that the student has not been "prepared" for in the way a public school student has to be made "ready" to take, is not only cruel but would not assess anything properly.

     Public school students are drilled for the test daily, and taught to the test daily and made to learn for the test constantly.  They are taught how to take the test, what prompts might be included, and what will be looked for as far as the scoring is concerned.  

    Other subjects such as history, social studies, community,  the arts, music, or anything beyond whatever that test will cover etc are all put to the sidelines so the test can be passed on the level that school needs for their "numbers".  I guarantee that if you took any one of public school students and did not teach to the test in the way it is currently done, and then had them take the test without would find out quickly how "preparation" (and I don't mean actual knowledge gained) makes for the proper numbers a school wants to see.

    To promote it as worthy of making a valid call of other students or even how well a students is learning is nonsense.  It should be banned for everyone as it is.

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