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[Susan notes: It is excellent that the writer includes the official cost of the state test--along with the hours. In reality, when one figures test prep materials and so on, the cost is more, both in money and hours wasted, but these figures will cause plenty of readers to gasp.



Kudos.



Readers might also like to know that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has formed a partnership with the Pearson Foundation to develop curricula to align with the new Common Core Assessments.



Put "Pearson Foundation" into a search on this site.]

Published in Ft. Meyers News-Press
09/07/2011
http://www.news-press.com/article/20110907/OPINION/110906044/1075/Read-today-s-letters-editor

To the editor



My eighth-grade students will take 27 state-mandated standardized tests this year; 24 of these tests take two class periods to administer for a total of 51 class periods spent on standardized testing.



The time left to actually educate students, to teach them to reason and comprehend, is less and less each year. We see "grade inflation" because the state must justify the time and expense of all this testing.



About 4 million FCAT exams were taken in 2010-2011. The Florida Department of Education̢۪s website lists the cost of the FCAT at $29.41 per student.



NCS Pearson and other test-development contractors pay lobbyists to convince legislators that more and more testing is a great idea. This is the "business model," with businesses making a profit from our children and our tax dollars with little consideration given to what is best for children.







Sandra Andrews


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