He Who Dared to Take The Test

Recently, The Washington Post published comments from a Florida school board member who had dared to take his state’s standardized test. A follow up to that article is here.

This school board member, after taking the test, said he basically bombed it, and his reaction was this:

“If I’d been required to take those two tests when I was a 10th grader, my life would almost certainly have been very different. I’d have been told I wasn’t ‘college material,’ would probably have believed it, and looked for work appropriate for the level of ability that the test said I had.”

The follow up piece identifies the board member as “Rick Roach, the father of five children and grandfather of two, was a teacher, counselor and coach in Orange County for 14 years. He was first elected to the board in 1998 and has been reelected three times. A resident of Orange County for three decades, he has a bachelor of science degree in education and two masters degrees: in education and educational psychology. He has trained over 18,000 educators in classroom management and course delivery skills in six eastern states over the last 25 years.”

If you could have handpicked any person deemed qualified to take a state’s standardized tests, it’d be him. So, his experience his worth noting and sharing.

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