Student says state testing is hurting everyone
Editor, the Advocate:
My name is Madi Marek. I was interviewed in regards to the STAAR testing. I think I was taken out of context. Also, some of my thoughts got left out. I am a student at Victoria West High School, and I am proud to be. I love everyone at West; it's my home. I wouldn't choose to be at any other school. Just because I barely passed the STAAR tests does not mean I'm stupid; I happen to be an A/B honor roll student and had a hard time with these tests. All the administration and teachers have tried to help students achieve passing scores. I thank them for that. I feel I've let them down. Some of the STAAR tests were the hardest tests I have ever had to take, and I know other students feel the same way. I think the STAAR test is a test of luck. You're lucky if in the short time of the school year you cover what will be on the test. I feel my teachers' frustrations in trying to teach us the correct information to prepare us for the STAAR test to the point where great teachers may not even want to teach and stop caring. I just wanted to add more than what the interview portrayed of me. Thank you.
Madi Marek, Victoria