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As greater emphasis is placed on testing in schools, students and teachers seem to feel more pressure, stress and anxiety.

Emily Andrezjewski

Emily Andrezjewski of the west side is a waitress.

Why do you think testing in schools is so controversial? Tests don't prepare people for the real world. Some people aren't good test-takers, but they're really good at hands-on learning. Testing is not a good indicator of skill.

What do you think testing should be used for? Certifications and things like that, where they need to know if someone knows something specific.

How do you recall standardized testing when you were a student? It was just, study the book and fill in the bubble. It was more about what you could memorize.

In 20 years, do you think kids will see more or less testing than we do today? Probably more, unless things change. They're even testing young kids, and that really bothers me.

Rebecca Chapin

Rebecca Chapin of Fountain is a homemaker.

What do you know about the testing that's required in public schools today? I know it's a stressful situation for the kids, and the teachers I know dread it.

Why do you think it's so controversial? Because it shouldn't be what a teacher's worth is based on. A lot of kids don't do well on tests, and all kids learn differently.

Do you think it's a good way to measure learning? No. Just because it's measurable doesn't mean it's valuable.

How do you remember testing when you were a student? Well, I do remember that the pressure that was put on me was self-inflicted. I wanted to do well for myself.

In 20 years, do you think kids will see more or less testing than we do today? I hope there will be less, and I think the pendulum will swing back. Going to school and learning should be fun for kids.

Blaine Hunt

Blaine Hunt of the west side is a sommelier.

What do you know about the testing that's required in public schools today? Just what I've just heard about the CSAP, and all the mandatory tests.

Why do you think it's so controversial? I think a lot of the funding is based on test scores, so the emphasis is on testing rather than individual learning.

Do you think it's a good way to measure learning? No. It's really broad and general and it doesn't cater to individuals, especially someone who might have a learning disability.

How do you remember standardized testing when you were a student? It wasn't that frequent. I just remember the SAT.

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