Recently, the editors of Edutopia were considering a theme for their bloggers to blog about concerning testing. In order to keep things timely, they needed to find out when most schools were being ...
Below is pasted the LONG comment I left on this excellent blog post - because it got me a little fired up. PLEASE READ the blog post & leave YOUR comment! :-)
We have several tests that must be given 3X a year (MAP & PARCC) and then there's the state MSA test and the HSA's (high school assessment) so darn many that if feels like we leave one testing season only to enter yet another one! 80+ days of testing in a school year of 180 days.
What does this mean for teachers? And more importantly, what does this mean for our kiddos? They visibly wilt when talking about testing. It's sad. :-(
I support the testing seasons as the technology troubleshooter in the school as a team player but it also means I'm not teaching. I'm also not circulating books or ideas. Because we test a LOT in our library (MOD, small groups, & make ups) we're closed to students. They can't come in to get books, work in small groups, or create any products or projects. I'm also not supporting my teams with technology integration. I had several teachers want to try one of those "crazy techie ideas" (compose music with Garage Band and video book trailers) but they couldn't get into the computer lab for long enough to create & edit because of the testing. That makes me sad, too!
But I adore my Admin! My principal and my assistant principal are awesome!...and it's not like we can say to our district or state, "NO, our school is not going to do this." But our parent's can and I think they should. If enough parents banded together to send a message to politicians maybe they'll listen. Or does the "filthy lucre" of testing win all?
Because when teachers complain about tests, they just think we're recalcitrant, lazy, oppositional, and problematic. Sure, I can be all those things! LOL But not on this topic!
It's not like this issue fires us up at ALL! Maybe kids need to learn how to take tests all the time. Maybe that's great for them in preparation for having a job. Because we take tests all the time on the jobs....don't we?
Whew! Sorry, that was a long comment. Thanks Tom! This was an important post! You Rock!