My kids are bright, caring kids, but they're getting buried with work and demands in our suburban school district in Western Mass.
They are in 5th and 6th grades, and teachers and schools are under heavy pressure to improve their statewide MCAS test scores. It's really a shame. Learning is rushed, not inspired. Growing up in NY, we had Regents exams, but this is ridiculous.
As we consider a move to R.I. (job transfer), I'm wondering if there are difficult state tests at the various grade levels in your state. I want my kids to learn and enjoy school, not dread it. Testing isn't learning, though I know we need measurement.
It may seem strange to seek out an "easier" education, but some parents will understand exactly what I mean.