Sick Children, Alternative Assessments, and What Happens at Home During Testing Time: Mexican­American Parents’ Voices on High­Stakes Schooling

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This mixed-method conducted in a border city between Texas and Mexico examines Mexican-American parents' beliefs of the value of high-stakes testing and their perspectives of its effects on their children. Parents Expressed their appreciation of assessment, but they also desired alternatives to the current high-stakes testing programs.They were concerned that the quality of the curriculum their children received was negatively affected because of the focus on testing. Unsolicited and numerous responses from the survey participants called for an extension to the study to examine the parents' perspectives of the testing programs's impact on their children's physical and emotional health.This led to further exploration of the alarming information about children's stress-induced physical and emotional consequences.