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Student test scores reflect the unhelpful burdens heaped on teachers.

Maryland student achievement in math has long lagged behind reading, and this year’s test results show not much has changed.

The Maryland State Department of Education recently sent out the results of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers standardized test scores. Not surprisingly the 2% gain in English was praised and the 1% loss in math was bemoaned (“Maryland PARCC test results confirm the need for Kirwan,” Aug. 28). Also brought to our attention was the poor scores achieved by minorities, not a surprise because of our focus on standardized testing.

Because we have been “outed” for so many years by PARCC, next year our students will meet the Maryland Comprehensive Assessments Program testing developed by Maryland educators. I fear that educators proposing standardized testing, common core math, open classrooms, magnet school, etc. are not allowing our teachers to do reading, writing and arithmetic and to balance checkbooks, make change, write a letter, fill out a job application, make a shopping list or make a household budget.

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Sorry, time for my nap. I am tired of trying to figure out the skill set required for college and career readiness.

Phil Southworth, Odenton

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