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Teachers speak out against increased testing at Metro School Board meeting

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Testing in classrooms was a major focus at Tuesday night’s Metro School Board meeting.

Nine teachers spoke at the beginning of the beginning. They all said they are having to test students so much and so often that they are unable to actually teach.

Middle school teacher Amanda Kale told Channel 4 the entire second semester is a testing window for her students. At least one grade level will be tested every day that semester.

Kale said she knows the school board can’t do anything about federal testing, but she asked the board to decrease the number of district tests.

“It disrupts our schedules. It demoralizes the students. It demoralizes the teachers. It creates chaos,” Kale said. “Our students don’t even know what their schedules are … because they’re interrupted so many times for testing.”

Teachers are not allowed to talk about what is on the test, but many said the questions are not appropriate for students. They encouraged parents to ask their children about the types of questions.

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