I am so glad to hear that you have encountered classrooms and teachers that are holding on to the idea that we are preparing students for life, not just for state exams. In many states, this is a huge stressor for both teachers and students. It is uplifting to hear the reports from the various teachers that you cited, as not all teachers are this positive or able to refrain from solely teaching to the test, unfortunately. You have brought up many good literacy ideas and as one of the teachers mentioned, it is important to keep in mind that we are instilling values in our students to love learning and become life-long readers and thinkers. In terms of literature, it can be very beneficial to tell students that these tests simply contain passages of different literacy formats, but the concepts are the same in terms of comprehension, critical thinking responses, etc. As teachers, we must simply do our best to teach these literacy strategies and practices for our students to become successful readers and writers, and enjoy doing so. Thank you for your insight and positive information!
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