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If Americans are doing poorly on tests like the NAEP, it's not for lack of test taking. Nor is there a national drought on anxiety about test taking, if I am any example. Depending on how you look at it, I'm either one of those greatly blessed, highly unlucky or just plain weird people who never remembers his dreams. I occasionally wake up in the middle of the night and think "that sure was strange" about whatever bizarre scenario I had cooking in my head while catching some zzzs, but by the time morning comes it's been pushed to the non-graspable recesses of my brain. There are two exceptions to this rule. The first is a recurring dream in which I realize that I've completely forgotten to study for some extremely difficult and incredibly important exam which will no doubt determine the course of my life for decades to come. It typically ends in me sprinting in a mad dash toward some mythical classroom where I am doomed to burn out in a blaze of complete and utter failure. The other exception is the dream where I am falling to my untimely death and awake just before hitting the ground. I prefer that one.

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