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In Their Own Words

The quotes below and appearing elsewhere on the USTS website were drawn from a story collection effort conducted by NCTE that ran alongside the 2022 USTS. Respondents were presented with the opportunity to voluntarily share their story after completing the survey, and submissions were collected and stored separately from responses to the 2022 USTS. All 2022 USTS survey data are anonymous. These stories have been edited for length and clarity and names were changed to protect the privacy of participants.




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