Letter: Tests are reducing kids to numbers
I didn't feel sadness when my sixth-grade daughter expressed to me that the English and math state tests were very long and challenging, nor did I feel sadness when I learned that she fell below the state average and required academic intervention services for the first time ["Tough school tests are what's needed," Letters, Aug. 22].
However, it was very hard to tell a child who receives mostly As on her report card that she, in essence, wasn't good enough or smart enough, according to state testing. It didn't matter to her that I perceived the scores as meaningless; she internally felt less than adequate.
Then, when I learned that my daughter will be pulled out of art, music, home and careers, health and Spanish classes -- on an alternating basis -- to receive academic intervention services, my heart hurt.
The state's drastic implementation of the Common Core standards has gone too far. For a child who's an above-average student and has never had any academic issue to be made to feel less than adequate is a disgrace. And, to be robbed of a full educational experience inclusive of the liberal arts is just plain sad.
Amy J. Max, Plainview