TN Parents want you to hear directly from this mother and to see this letter. We want you to understand that our children are being punished because of the excessive focus on testing in our schools. Some children are punished by having their PE, related arts classes, and recess replaced by testing preparation. Some children are being punished by having their test scores publicly posted for their classmates to see. Some children are being punished by being told, again and again, how important the tests scores are--creating an undue level of anxiety that should never be forced on our children. And, in this situation, some kids are being punished by being put in detention for not performing well on practice standardized tests.
From this Dickson Co. mother:
"This letter is weighing heavy on my mind today, especially the last paragraph. It comes across a little defensive on their part, and somewhat threatening to my child and myself. When the heck did school detention become a consequence for academic performance? I thought "detention" was for behavioral issues. Not for high-stakes practice and performance tests which already delivers a crazy amount of stress on CHILDREN. And we wonder where test anxiety comes from."