Today, my laces and I ran up a mountain. I didn’t race- I went at my own pace and stopped when I had to. I think we all need to apply the same strategy to the next school year.

Teachers need to dismiss the notion that these tests count. Resist the urge to order those terrible Coach books, sing ridiculous test prep songs or put pressure on kids. Test prep is not a standard!
Parents need to let go of that perfect score. These tests are designed so that 60-70% of your kids will fail. Absolutely nothing will be done to influence instruction based off of these scores.

All others need to understand that this broken system is costing an estimated 20-50 billion dollars per year. These costs will rise considerably as the test moves online.

Please join Lace to the Top so we can put our focus on educating children- not constantly testing them.

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