Teachers and new tests
The Maryland State Teachers Association is criticizing new state standardized tests intended to measure how children apply what they learn in school to real life. So flawed are the new tests, the MSTA asserts, that students' scores, which have been generally low, should be thrown out. The MSTA found especially offensive a question giving fifth-graders an option to write about the constitutionality of nude dancing. A state education spokesman didn't deny that some problems exist, but added: "We're really encouraged to keep moving forward." The Evening Sun would like to know what you think. Of what you've heard, read or perhaps know through the experiences of participants, are these new tests likely to produce an improved snapshot of public schools' effectiveness? Is the subject of nude dancing appropriate in a question aimed at fifth-graders?
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