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Students, teachers showing signs of ‘testing’ fatigue

Students, teachers showing signs of ‘testing’ fatigue

*Students, teachers showing signs of ‘testing’ fatigue *Despite budget cuts, Galway students’ concer

Students, teachers showing signs of ‘testing’ fatigue

State testing — just hearing those words make most students and teachers roll their eyes and sigh, knowing that there is nothing to do about it. I hate when April comes around, and I know that state testing is right around the corner. Then I get to sit with my classmates and take a test every day for two weeks.

Most students hate the tests, but this year, the hatred has grown stronger, due to the new Common Core tests. Now, the number of students and teachers that are protesting these standardized tests has increased dramatically. The hatred toward these tests has gotten way worse.

Recently, the debate has been growing about the merits of standardized testing. A growing number of teachers have been opposing the test because they think it is an unfair way to be evaluated, and students have been protesting because they feel that these tests are a waste of time and that the standards should not be as high.

Every state in the United States is required to have standardized testing, but students can refuse to take it. This year, according to The Washington Post, students from Colorado, Rhode Island, Oregon, California, New York and other states have increasingly been opting out on standardized testing. I do dislike these tests, but I took it. There were a few kids I know who had decided to opt out of the test.

And not just students have been protesting; teachers have too. According to MSN.com, teachers in Seattle have boycotted the standardized testing and attracted lots of national attention. Teachers in other states have also been joining in the movement to limit standardized testing.

I know that these tests will educate us more and help us with tests in the future, such as the SATs, but the state doesn’t have to give us such high stakes.

I believe that one test does not show a true measure of how smart a student is. It doesn’t leave any room for creativity, and it doesn’t leave any room to think outside the box because students and teachers only focus on a fixed set of lessons.

I think that state testing is hurting the process of learning. What the teachers have to teach their students is more on how to do well on the test, not necessarily how to learn better. Not only is this bad for students, but I think that the Common Core tests are an unfair way to grade teachers. Teachers’ grades should not depend on the students’ scores, and these scores should not say who the teachers are and how they are at their job.

I’m not complaining. I like school and I think education is important, but I also believe students and teachers are more than just a number.

Shahrina Mahmood

Albany

Despite budget cuts, Galway students’ concert was outstanding

Hats off to the Galway High School band and chorus for a wonderful evening of music at their annual spring concert on May 8.

The talent that these students have and the music they deliver, under the direction of Mr. Gary Barrow (band) and Ms. Mellenie Booth (chorus), is outstanding! I encourage everyone to attend their free concerts in the future and to support the Galway Friends of Music to keep this exceptional music program going.

Since budget cuts a few years ago, Mr. Barrow has been operating the music department solely and has done an amazing job. I don’t know how he does it. Thanks again for a wonderful evening!

Michele Geissler

West Charlton

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