I am sorry that we gauge a child’s value and your worth based on a test score that is taken from a test that cannot be administered properly because the technology needed to support an entire district during testing time is underfunded and, therefore, unavailable.
I am sorry that the solution to this problem is more tests and more training for these tests that will become obsolete. I’m sorry that phrases like “merit pay” even factor into discussions involving your profession when you are wiping my child’s tears away and spending your own money on classroom materials.
I hope my apology isn’t too late and you will continue to believe in your value to our state and in the impact that you have on every student’s life.
— mother of a public school second-grader
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