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I am the Data: Let Me Work

by Susan Ohanian, with apologies to Carl Sandburg


Pile the bodies high in Grade 3 in 10th too.
Shovel them under and let me work--
I am the DATA; I cover all.

And pile them high in DIBELS.
And pile them high with QELI, TerraNova CTBS, Stanford 10, CAT5, ISTEP,CHSEE, MAP, Logramos, BST, OGT, CogAT, CRCT, MCAS, PEM Solutions, PAWS, AIMSweb, TCAP, iLEAP, NECAP--and Death.
Shovel them under and let me work.

Two years, ten years, when will parents ask the teacher:

What place is this?
Where are we now?

I am the DATA
Let me work.

— Susan Ohanian



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