“I believe there’s educational value in learning to take the test,” Shandy said. “There’s the principle that you learn as you prepare to be tested, there are cadences and structures to certain exams like the Law school exam, and my children have said they found test prep to be very helpful.”
“There are a lot of kids in our district testing poorly on the fifth-grade CRT test because the content is presented differently on the test than how it’s taught in class,” Superintendent Joe Siano said. “I think it’s an unfair approach to testing. It doesn’t give students their best opportunity to show what they know. That’s why we need to find in-school methods to encourage earlier test preparation to students and especially parents.
“We need to drop down the grade level where we begin talking about these things and, therefore, reach more parents.”
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