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Is 110 hours of mandated testing demoralizing students? How could it not?

In August, the nightmares start. Every teacher experiences the excitement, worry and sometimes dread as the first day of school approaches. It’s a combination of Christmas Eve and April 14. Like most teachers, I spent my summer carefully crafting lesson plans. I spent weeks reading YA books and worked diligently on creating a week’s worth of team building activities to start the year with a positive classroom environment. Then, at the second day of professional development (before the students even arrived), I was handed the eight-page district assessment calendar.