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State-required tests stifle creativity, lead to failure, dejection

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When I first began teaching English in 1980, my department chair would begin every meeting with, “OK, what can we do to get our students excited about reading and writing?” That’s what education was like for the majority of the years I’ve been a middle school and high school teacher. But in the last few years, the tone has changed to, “OK, what can we do to get our students a good score on the ...

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