Children, some as young as kindergarten-age, suffer from a particular kind of anxiety, the source of which is not going away any time soon. According to Teachers College at Columbia University, American kids take more than 100 million standardized tests every year. Like it or not, until educators come up with a better way to assess children’s skills and abilities, as well as their teachers’, standardized testing will be a fact of life in most schools. Some children sail through, filling in bubbles and choosing among A, B, C, and D. For others, though, the very word—“testing”—raises the specter of failure or humiliation. Testing anxiety can be paralyzing.
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