Kids are more than a test score

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By John Pawlak

Last month ended yet another semester for Los Alamos students. The new year promises to bring forth new discoveries, new challenges and new adventures.
 But one thing remains stolidly constant, like an ink stain on the educational carpet. Students will have a warehouse of testing to look forward to.
 Ah, everyone loves tests, don’t they? Like Mary Mary, oh so contrary, students sit silently all in a row, with pencils sharpened and spirits dulled, pouring out their competencies in scribbled reflections of measured competencies.
 Make sure you completely fill in all marked circles. Do not make any stray marks on the form!
 Use a number 2 pencil only.
 Now, heels and toes together, close your eyes, extend your arm and touch your nose.
 Keep your eyes focused on your own paper! Wandering eyes will be plucked out and fed to incoming freshmen!
 MAPS testing. Chapter tests. PSATs, SATs and ACTs. Final exams. NMSBA/HSGAs. ADCs.
 And somewhere in between all that testing, students are expected to learn! There must be a better solution.

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