The March 17 letter to the editor "Parents Have the Right to Opt Their Kids Out of the PSSA Damage" written by W. Marx, a teacher, who wanted to inform parents that they have the right to have their children opt out of the upcoming PSSA tests due to what the writer described as the egregious harm they may cause their children. Are you kidding me?
I am a teacher. And I am here to tell you that the teachers in my district don't spend five months of the school year teaching to the test. We teach the aligned standards and implement curriculum that is systematically taught in a logical order to create a strong base for the next year. If the standards are being explored, reinforced and learned as they should be, then the PSSA and benchmark scores will help us guide our instruction.
So, to claim that a three-hour test, three days in one week, out of 180 days of school is detrimental to the emotional and mental state of any child is ludicrous.
If a school district is "teaching to the test" then the administration has very little faith in the ability of their teachers, and the teachers should rage against the implication that they aren't able to do the job in which they were trained and hired.
Standardized tests are everywhere. You need them to get into the college of your choice, to work for the state, all branches of the military and the local fast food chain restaurants.
Dilliner, Greene County