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Tiverton schools more than slightly confused

A Tiverton-area member family received a letter from a guidance counselor. The regarding line read "Testing Dates and Times for Grade Five Health Assessment." But the body of the letter said,

We recently received information from the state regarding the testing times and dates for all grade seven students who will be taking the Rhode Island Writing Assessment for the year 2001. It is important that your child participate in the assessment. Your child is scheduled to take the writing assessment on the following dates . . . .

The counselor appeared hopelessly confused as to whether she was dealing with 5th graders or 7th graders, or a health assessment or a writing assessment. The "to" line of her memorandum indicated it was addressed to "parents of home schooled students," but home schooled students in Rhode Island are not required to take a health assessment or a writing assessment.

We have contacted the counselor to make sure this error does not happen again. She gave us her assurances that all future mailings would indicate that testing is available for home school families on a voluntary basis.

- Scott A. Woodruff