Excessive testing

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This year as we debate whether Pittsburgh Public Schools’ “failures” are the fault of parents, teachers, administrators, board members, community groups or the bogeyman, our students from K-12 will sit for a sum total of 281 standardized tests. Can we at least agree that it would be best for all of us if we taught more and tested less?

As much as I long for the summer, checking the temperature 281 times tomorrow won’t do anything to hasten its arrival.


The writer is a Pittsburgh Public Schools teacher and member of the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers.

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