Letter: Traditional gauges of students timeless

To the editor:

Having taught school for a number of years when standardized testing was not so frequent and when we did not teach to such tests, it seemed we had much more time to teach the subject matter and spent no time prepping for the tests.

These days the precious little time the children and teachers have while in school each day seems to be wasted on ISTEP and similar examinations which are designed for a minimum level of skill to pass. Grades, attendance and extracurricular activities are still the best measures of progress although hard to assess and computerize.

John Emry