Challenging the High School Stress Tests

(By Julie Zhu -- Montgomery Blair High School)
Thursday, September 20, 2007

Dear Extra Credit:

I am an eighth-grader in Howard County and am writing to express my opinion on test-taking in the public school system. In particular, I want to discuss the Maryland School Assessment tests.

As I head to high school next year, I feel more and more time is spent on preparing us for standardized exams and other required tests than on the curriculum.

The emphasis that the teachers place on our performance on tests is higher than what is expected in our ordinary class work. That puts a great amount of stress on the students, who feel that their scores on the exams are the only grade that matters.

I would be interested in hearing your views on this subject.

Julian Berry


High school seems annoying and off-putting in several ways.

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