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The failed science of PARCC

In Nancy Grasmick's article, "Understanding the brain in education" (Jan. 3), Ms. Grasmick discusses how the childhood brain develops and learns in different ways. She says that educators have "unrealistic expectations" of their students because they don't know about these nuances of childhood brain development and learning.

I wonder if Ms. Grasmick has evaluated the PARCC Assessment and how adequately it understands the neuroscience of learning, as it relates the childhood brain and the different ways it develops and learns. I think she would disapprove of that assessment. Interestingly enough, that assessment drives what teachers teach and what expectations they are to fulfill. And most ironically, this assessment was approved by the State Department of Education that she once headed.

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Jim Mundy, Ellicott City

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