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Standardized testing is really great! 2 poems

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Standardized testing is really great,
For each test the kids can’t wait.

They love the tests almost every day,
They even love the practice books that come their way.

The test scores mean so much to them they never play,
They are happy that their data is tracked and sold away.

The publishers are enriched by the tests they prepare,
They don’t care if the socio-economics aren’t fair.

The teachers feel no pressure for the students to score high,
The administrators don’t care if then students really try.

In the end what do the kids learn,
Bubbling in is their greatest concern.

To paraphrase Edwin Starr:
Testing what is it good for?
ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!

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Standardized testing really is a benefit for

Standardized testing really is a benefit for,
The test provider companies that provide more and more.

Standardized testing really is a benefit for,
The textbook publishers that the teachers abhor.

Standardized testing really is a benefit for,
The test preparation preparers whose materials are really a bore.

Standardized testing really is a benefit for,
The downtown administrators that never see a school door.

Standardized testing really is a benefit for,
The politicians and reformers who we’d like to ignore.

Standardized testing really is a benefit for,
The major media who want tests scores to publish and deplore.

Standardized testing really does not benefit at all,
The teachers or the students as their futures fall.

So why do we teach to the test calendar and to the test?
While ignoring subjects that are not on the test.

Teachers have no freedom or rights or say,
They just close their doors and teach throughout the day.

Many are leaving as fast as they can,
And making a life with a new plan.

Standardized testing what it is good for?
Absolutely nothing!

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