Texas And STAAR Tests: A Poet Doth Protest, And Not Too Much

By: Mike McDaniel    Free at last, free at last; great God Almighty, free at last! No, I wasn’t born a poor black child, and I only sing spirituals as part of America’s great choral tradition, not because they’re part of my individual cultural heritage, but I am, this year, celebrating my liberation from mandatory, high-stakes testing. I am, you see gentle readers, now teaching 11th grade English–American literature–and state testing is done in the 10th grade.

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