Why Some Kids Handle Pressure While Others Fall Apart

A New York Times piece on the various factors that influence how children react to taking standardized tests and their ultimate performance on them. A study from Taiwan finds that the difference between students who feel the stress of standardized tests and those who don’t may be a gene – the COMT gene, according to the Times. By researching this topic, we are learning more about the way that children approach standardized testing, which could in turn affect the way we think about these high stakes exams in the future.

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