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New state exams to be put to test today

Scores may drop; some parents keep kids home in protest

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Elementary- and middle-school students across the state begin taking the new state standardized tests today, except for those whose parents are protesting by keeping their children home. Support has been growing online for a boycott of the state tests because of a concern that there is too much reliance on testing and that students haven’t been prepared adequately under a new curriculum for what many people expect will be a more difficult test. The English ...


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rjk1915
April 16, 2013
7:24 a.m.

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There seems to be an idiotic idea that if something can't be done perfectly it shouldn't be done at all. It seems to be common on this subject.

tgeorge12345
April 16, 2013
7:33 a.m.

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GO PARENTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The only way things can change is if the right people object. The teachers are slaves of the state. Something has to change. Maybe it should be the "HOLY BOARD OF REGENTS"

grant18
April 16, 2013
9:22 a.m.

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Maybe parents should be teaching their children that respect for the law is more important than the objections of a teachers union. Children should be taught that the proper way to change a law is to obey it first, then to persuade the elected officials who passed it that change is needed. This is a classic example that child-rearing means more than providing food & clothing.

don
April 16, 2013
12:24 p.m.

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The only reason why kids get stresed out is becuase parents/teachers stress them about it. I have never received so much literature about the state tests beore-printed by the way and I thought we were cutting expenses. The tests do not reflect on the student more on the teachers/curriculum being taught. This test is a measuring device for that. In the real world you are tested and evluated - Then assessments can be made that lead to change. I do not agree about keeping little Johnny and Janey home away from the big bad test. There are better ways to express dissaproveal without violating the law.

robbump
April 16, 2013
3:33 p.m.

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Are 3 days (in a row) and 6 days (total) of 90 minute tests too hard on the kids?. Well, MAYBE hard, but not TOO hard. I doubt any of the little cherubs will die, or even be hospitalized over the "trauma" of taking the tests. Parents protesting are really proclaiming their kids' poor work habits, evidently taught at home.
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If any district does lose federal Title I funding causing local property owners to pick up the tab ... or if the state comes in to dictate how things are run, I wonder how many will proclaim, "Go parents!" then?
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There are laws (neglect, promoting delinquency, etc.) that could be used on parents keeping non-sick children home from the tests.

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