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April 4, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Educators wonder if MAP exam is valid

Elementary-schoolers are being over-tested

I am a concerned parent in the Highline School District. My concern? — the excessive number of tests, affectionately called “assessments,” in our district [“Taking measure of MAP testing,” page one, March 31]. My fourth-grader will have taken 13 major tests upon completion of the fourth grade. Yes, you heard that right — 13 tests.

I am concerned that our young children are being over-tested. I feel that this takes a lot of time from teachers who are educating our students. Don’t we want to strive to produce well rounded, creative students, not just test-takers?

I am sure I am not alone in this; many parents feel their child is merely a “lab rat” for the district and the testing companies. Let’s be honest, the testing companies are making a lot of money from all the “great” assessments they are pushing on our schools.

We need to start raising our voices and say, “enough!” All kids deserve to have a quality, well-rounded, equitable education.

Jennifer Anne Reed, Burien

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