Dear Bill and Melinda Gates,
I write to you as a very concerned parent and public school teacher. The high stakes tests that you swear by are causing so much stress to young children. I have heard stories from concerned parents about their children who have been stressed to the point of not liking school anymore. These are children I know. And these are nine year olds. They are given NYS STATE ELA AND MATH TESTS that are meant to confuse. The questions and reading passages are challenging for adults, seriously. Why?
Stop these high stakes tests now. I oppose these tests. They are ruining public education. Obviously there is no research out there that shows high stakes testing is good for children. Obviously.
I will end this letter by including some wise words I read written by another concerned citizen:
High Stakes Tests hurt kids! High Stakes Tests are used to fail children. High Stakes Test results are JUNK Science! High Stakes Tests JUNK science is used to close schools! High stakes are used to fail schools. High stakes are used to fail teachers. High stakes cause kids to drop out. High stakes cause kids to stress and get sick! High stakes have no empirical evidence to support their use! High stakes narrow curriculum! High stakes lessen creativity.