Letters: Objecting to new state tests

Standardized tests used to evaluate elementary school students Standardized tests used to evaluate elementary school students will be significantly tougher next year, state education officials in Albany are saying. The Board of Regents warn that the tougher tests will mean lower scores for New York students. (Dec. 10, 2012) Photo Credit: Rory Glaeseman

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Kudos to the courageous students and parents who spoke out against the unfair state tests, based on a curriculum that hasn't even been taught yet ["Dozens opt out in test boycott," News, April 17].

They get an A+ in one of life's most important lessons -- never allow yourself to be abused.

Robert Berger, Bellerose

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I am an elementary school teacher with more than 10 years experience administering both the third- and fifth-grade state English Language Assessment. I currently teach fifth grade.

Standardized testing is nothing new. Although past tests have generally been challenging to most students, this year's fifth-grade ELA question and answer choices were just plain mean. The multiple-choice questions and answers were overly wordy, ambiguous, and many included more than one possible answer. On some occasions, I, as the literate adult, had difficulty reaching a definitive conclusion.

What are we trying to accomplish? These are 10-year-olds. Elementary school has become middle school.

As a parent, I had the misfortune this year of witnessing my confident, intelligent 9-year-old daughter -- who previously loved school -- transform into a puddle of anxiety, tears and reluctance to attend.

Laurie Bergen, Bay Shore

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