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Everyone sat there in nervous anticipation as the large white envelopes were passed out Why were these scores so important to our futures The guidance counselors had drilled into our heads that without these test scores we would not get into college If the grades were so important why was I so calm I did not experience nervous anticipation since I had opted not to take the SATs Although at that point I was trying to figure out exactly why I felt so insecure with my decision Now here I am at college pursuing a teaching degree in elementary education without taking the SATs Is that possibleCurrently I am in the process of becoming a teacher Therefore the issue of state standards and assessments in schools is very pertinent to me I am going to have to teach the future generations that will be judged according to standardized testsMany of the tests that I have taken in school are tests that measure fixed understandings Instead these tests should be finding the true abilities of a student On the surface the objective measures of todays standardized tests sound sensible In theory they give every student a solid picture of achievement and an equal opportunity for advancement But after years of rote memorization and drills what were once intellectually excited and motivated five-year-olds have become bored or grade-obsessed teenagers Their thrill over accomplishing real tasks and exhibiting real skills is replaced with anxiety over upcoming tests and a concern for high gradesIt is my opinion that many of our children and young adults are cut short by our means and standards of testing in the schools Stop Standards and Testing states It is our belief that the perpetual push to raise the bar is killing our schools by suffocating the life and creativity out of them Stop Standards I too feel it is killing our students creativity and freedom of expression Bear in mind that when
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