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Doniphan Parent Not a Fan of Current Standardized Testing

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Schools across Nebraska are participating in the NeSA standardized testing, but one central Nebraska mom is taking a stand against this test, saying the assessment hurts students and teachers.

Former Doniphan teacher Jill Osler has written letters to the governor and the board of education in Nebraska asking them to stop testing. She doesn't let her own kids take the test and is trying to get other parents across the state to join in on the movement.

The NeSA test measures the knowledge of writing, reading, mathematics and science of students in the state. Osler believes it is too much anxiety to put on kids.

"Focusing on just the things that are taught on the test, it kills the passion for learning and natural curiosity kids have," said Osler.

She thinks teachers spend too much time preparing students for this exam, taking time away from teaching other important subjects.

Grand Island Public Schools thinks standardized testing is good for education.

"We can monitor the growth of students, but it's not the best assessment to monitoring growth," said Robin Dexter.

GIPS have students take the MAP test as well. This assessment is taken three times in one year and focuses on how much a student improves.

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