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Submitted to Austin American Statesman but not published

To the editor

Thank you Austin American Statesman, for covering one of the most important yet least discussed issues in Texas schools--high-stakes testing. As a high school reading/writing teacher, I have seen studentsí self-confidence destroyed by this test. High school seniors--with strong grades and great work ethics--have come to me in tears after receiving low standardized test scores.

A high school diploma is on the line for these kiddos, and many feel betrayed after four years of hard work. My students have gifts that are not measured by one generic test. But without

a high school diploma, their gifts wonít go far. I think thatís wrong.

Our schools need many different ways to measure our varied and beautiful children. A diverse city like Austin should take the first step in ending a one-dimensional test.


Deborah Kelt

Master Reading Teacher

Travis High School

Deborah Kelt

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