I am one angry and exasperated special education teacher. I recently made it through the most excruciating time of year for me as a professional. I just know the majority of my colleagues feel the same. We are trudging through the annual torture of administering the Maine Educational Assessments to the kids at elementary and high schools throughout the state.

I cannot begin to describe how disruptive and inappropriate these tests are for the children I serve. It is important to try, however, because we need to have a conversation about the utility of these evaluations.

The assessments are administered over a week for a total of nine hours. It is hard to rationalize nine hours of testing for 8-, 9- and 10-year-old students. By

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