There are huge amounts of time and effort placed on writing in our CATS public school assessment program. CATS has all year long writing portfolios, on-demand writing tests, open-response written answers in all the academic CATS tests, practicing for same, and so forth. Our kids never get a break from it.
Anyway, after all this writing, you might think our kids would ‘cream’ students in a state like Tennessee that only takes an on-demand writing sample once at each school level and has no open-response questions at all in its academic tests.
Well, guess again, and check this out: