Standardized testing = Baloney. This poet couldn’t answer test questions about her own poems.


A couple of Sara Holbrook’s poems were chosen for use on the Texas State Assessment Test. (She intimates humbly that her poems were picked because her work is cheaper than that of Jane Kenyon or Mary Oliver.) The test asks students to figure out what Holbrook was thinking when they wrote the poems…but the test takers didn’t ask these questions of Holbrook before creating them.  Hence:

I Can’t Answer These Texas Standardized Test Questions About My Own Poems – Sara Holbrook – Huffington Post – 1/4/17

The test can be found here. 

Holbrook’s opinion editorial is an honest and needed critique of standardized testing.

“…Any test that questions the motivations of the author without asking the author is a big baloney sandwich. Mostly test makers do this to dead people who can’t protest. But I’m not dead.

“I protest.”


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