funny...and true

heard at the NCTE...
Naomi Shibab Nye spoke and mentioned that New York uses one of her stories in their Regent's Exam.
She took the test.

On all but three of the questions, she was completely unable to figure out which of the choices was the correct one. Often, she felt that there were two completely logical answers--either of which she could have picked.

And we wonder why kids have such a hard time on these tests!

(I had to hear this 2nd hand because my district has disallowed all travel to conferences out of state (even if the teacher offers to pay for the sub and the conference)--I want to go next year! How do they expect us to get better if we aren't allowed to go out and learn from other teachers?)