Anxiety over Oklahoma third-grade testing is a red herring

Voices | Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014 | Comment on this article Leave a comment

MUCH coverage of state third-grade reading tests has focused on anecdotal claims of student test anxiety. In some instances, parents even called it “unfair” that children could be forced to repeat third grade if they failed the test. In sports, citizens often mock the “everyone gets a trophy” mentality or refusal to keep score. But in academics, some find it shocking that officials would acknowledge any students trail their peers. Some critics take things a step further by suggesting there should be no consequence when a child isn’t taught to read. That’s the wrong approach.

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