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[Susan notes:
Here's the plea of a Texas mom to her state legislator.]

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To dora. olivio@house.state.tx.us

I am very concerned about the new TAKS test. I have a 9 year old third grade boy who is suffering over this test. He has never demonstrated a learning problem, in fact he has made the "A" honor roll on both of his report cards this year. After taking two practice tests it seems that he is having a problem passing them. I have since bought the TAKS MASTER work book and I have hired a personal tutor.

It makes me wonder how students that did not make the honor roll will ever pass the test if we are having to work this hard. I feel it is unfair for a 9 year old boy to spend all day in school and then come home and spend the entire evening doing home work and preparing for a test that will determine if he is promoted to the fourth grade or not. It is very detrimental to his self esteem and to his over all happiness! I feel like he is under way too much pressure. He is calling himself stupid and dumb. When he is a very bright child. This has got to stop, something must change and soon!

It is not fair for my child to be suffering the way he is. I feel he is being put in a terrible situation that is being controlled by people who do not see the every day effects this has on a young child. Many students are in the same boat with my child. How is this going to affect them later? Will they feel like failures? Please, help stop this cruel testing! It is not healthy and is not an accurate measurement of his knowledge!

Karen L. Cargile

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