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Kaitlin Barnes


Kaitlin Barnes is a native Houstonian and a proud graduate of Aldine ISD public schools. She currently teaches 5th-grade reading and social studies in Houston ISD.

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The STAAR reading test: Cruel and unusual punishment

On April 11, thousands of fifth graders across Texas will be subjected to a torture so cruel and unusual that the Texas Education Agency should be found guilty of a crime. What I’m referring to is a punishment known by an acronym that instills fear in the hearts of all teachers and students who hear it: STAAR.