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Ali Is an Honor Student, But That's Not Good Enough for Standardistos

Here's Ali's story:

Nobody is perfect in everything, and taking multiple choice tests and re-testing those of us who are unsuccessful won't make us any more proficient in something we're just not good at. I'm not good in math and I know one test won't make me outstanding in it.

Until this mess of failing the math test, I had been on honor roll every quarter, been inducted into National Honor Society, and earned acceptances to all the colleges I applied to. I don't want to share my life story, but the point is, NCLB is not only setting schools up to fail, it's setting up students to fail and lose their dreams and self-confidence as well; it has to stop.

I am a high school student in PA. I had straight As for three quarters of my junior year as well as the first quarter of this, my senior year, so I have made high or highest honors every quarter since 11th grade.

I have been accepted to Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, and Wilkes University (also in PA). Lock Haven also invited me to apply for their honors program, which only admits 90 students every year.

I would like to go to college to major in journalism and eventually become a newspaper reporter or magazine writer, maybe even a writer for broadcast news. Now the rules of NCLB and my state's testing program are leading me to give up hope and wonder why I even went to school if all that matters are standardized test scores. It's not fair to people who have worked so hard to get to this point and then be put in limbo because of a biased, poorly constructed test.


— Ali

High School Senior in Pennsylvania




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