A brief essay on the topic of the new assessments which have such strange questions. What could they mean? We only have sample questions, including this one about cursive writing, but what are they really all about?
Keep in mind that, for all the curricular freedom we have, (there is no mandated textbook), assessments are what drive curriculum because people want to get good scores and look good. But if we don't see the questions, how do we really interpret the scores? Think about it.
The way to do well on the assessments is to adopt the assessment-aligned texts.