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[Susan notes: Kudos. It's good to see teachers counting up the number of "outside" tests being inflicted on students--and informing the public.

Go forth and do likewise.]

Published in Austin Statesman

To the editor

Too many tests

I love to teach and to see students' eyes light up when they learn a new concept in science, connecting content to the real world or discovering something intriguing from a lab experiment.

Sadly my teaching time is over.

Tallying up district-mandated seventh-grade tests in the Austin school district, I discovered the sum is a startling 61 tests, all of which are created by someone other than the classroom teacher. This number doesn't include any exams that the teacher may choose to give to students over the material they are currently covering.

The short-term results will surely show that students are testing. The depressing long-term results will be that our students in public schools will fail their academic coursework because their teachers lost instructional time to mandated testing. Ultimately, teachers will be blamed for these failures, even though the massive onslaught of excessive testing was never their idea in the first place.

Karen Green

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