If my child is going to sit for 500 minutes to take a test there better be a good reason. To date, I have not heard of any.


What we know:


-The results are given in 6 months.


-We can never see the test.


-We are told every answer is “plausible”.


-We are told the text is above grade level.


-Only15% of ELA standards are tested. Writing, listening & speaking are left out.


-Field test questions are on the test.


-Prepping for this test has taken a month (or more) out of our children’s education and fractured a love of learning.


-There is no proof that this is a measure of college/career readiness.


-We are not preparing them to become “good” test takers, because this is the only 500 minute test they will ever take (regardless of college/career).


-We love our children and when we hear so many say something is wrong, we need to know what our children are about to be exposed to.