Letter: Test scores

April 21, 2014 

If we were to perform at the Olympic Games as well as we placed on the educational scoreboard, all hell would break loose. We placed 24 out of 26.

In sports it is the ability of the player that counts, not age. So why is our school system not facing reality? Why not split the school system into three dimensions: fast, average and slow learners. At the same time stop warehousing our mistakes. As it could be the slow learner would not hold back a fast learner, who could then become challenged. The slow learner would find status amongst his peers. How are teachers to be graded on test scores achieved by students with third-grade ability on fifth-grade material?

ROBERT E. MITCHELL, Bois

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