The bane of my existence in motherhood since she was in first grade. In theory, it sounds like an excellent ideation. A standard to uphold all of our educational system to in order to ensure that all children, no matter what neighborhood they live in or what their societal status is, will all be literate and able to pass a certain minimum requirement across the board, equivalent at all grade levels.
But the reality became that all the teachers began fearing for their jobs because their job security became dependant upon the standardized test scores of their class. And sometimes, no matter how good a teacher is, there are some students and classes that just won’t do well on standardized tests. PERIOD. The teachers, who are in it for the love of their career and the love of their students, are now having to sacrifice their unique creativity…
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