The New Standard In Public Education (When Even Showing Up Has To Be Incentivized)

For the past few days, I have gotten a phone call and email every evening at six o’clock reminding me about standardized testing at my child’s school.  I don’t know if it’s a sadder commentary on the state of public education that the testing will take eight days, that attendance has to be incentivized, or that the reminder itself is neither grammatically nor factually correct (spelling error intentionally not corrected):

[School name redacted] parents and students, this is an important reminder that all students in grade 9 through 11 will take the California Standarized Test CST beginning Wednesday, April 23 through Friday, May 3. Attendance is required and important for all testing days. Students with perfect attendance will receive incentive award. The testing calendar can be found on our school website.

Also, the “testing calendar” on the website has the entire period from today, which is actually the 24th, through next Friday (including the weekend) blocked off.  There is no other information provided.  I wonder if students need to be at school on Saturday and Sunday in order to “receive incentive award.”

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