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Connections: Poet Sara Holbrook, who couldn't answer standardized test questions about her own poems

Jan 13, 2017

Have you heard the remarkable story of the poet, Sara Holbrook, whose work was selected for standardized test questions in Texas? Holbrook took the test designed for seventh graders, and she couldn't figure out the correct answers to questions about her own poems. And she decided to write about it; seeĀ here.

Her piece has gone viral, sparking fresh discussion about how tests are created, and what it means that the author of a poem doesn't know the answers to questions about her own work -- on a test designed for kids who are 11 and 12 years old. Our guests:

  • Sara Holbrook, poet and author
  • Jayne Lammers, assistant professor and director of the English language arts teacher education program at the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester
  • Maria Hopkins, associate professor and coordinator of learning outcomes assessment in the School of Education at Nazareth College