Letter: Parents to mobilize against tests?

A photo of a scantron test sheet. A photo of a scantron test sheet. Photo Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas

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I was thrilled to read that the New York State United Teachers union is launching a campaign urging parents to speak out against high-stakes testing ["Ad campaign by union takes on standard tests," News, March 28].

As a former teacher trainer, I know firsthand of the fallacies of the current "reform movement" in education, especially with its overemphasis on standardized testing.

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The mandates of No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top have forced teachers to spend countless hours on test preparation and practice exams, severely decreasing quality instructional time. This is a disservice to our children, who deserve a well-rounded education that truly makes them college- and career-ready, and prepares them to be thoughtful, participatory citizens in our democracy.

The grassroots group of principals, New York Principals, should be commended for its petition drive opposing new tests. However, it is only when parents rise up in organized protest against high-stakes testing that the insanity will end.

Nan Kolko, Merrick

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