I thought we just finished a bunch of tests a few weeks ago.
Those were county assessments. Now, it is time for state testing!
These poor kids! They are burned out! If the goal of testing is to gather data on how students are performing, how can we get true results?
You are not alone in feeling this way. The American Psychological Association (n.d.) mentioned, "high stakes testing can have a negative impact on students" (para. 6).
All this stress is not good for students. I keep thinking about Mrs. Johnson's students who have special needs. They have a hard time with testing.
I read an article in Education Today the other day. Education Today (2005) stated, "a number of children, including low income and special education students fail high stakes tests" (para. 2). This is causing many special education students to drop out of school.
I think it is interesting how we are required to differentiate work for these students, but these high stakes tests are "one size fits all." I am glad I am not in Mrs. Johnson's shoes. I am under enough stress.
Did you know teachers are just as stressed as the students? I am so worried I am going to loose my job if my students do not perform well. I heard Mrs. Lynn got moved to a different grade level because of her scores.
I heard the exact same thing. Hoyt (2017) stated, "accountability-based teacher evaluations systems associated with high stakes testing increases stress, anxiety, and fear amongst teachers" (p. 1).
This may seem strange, but I do find some merit in high stakes testing when it is used appropriately.
You hit the nail right on the head. These test can provide a great deal of feedback on student growth and the school's academic programs.
IDEA (n.d.) mentioned, "it is important to remember high stakes standardized testing are only one form of accountability" (para. 3).
As an eductor, it is important to look at the child as a whole and the progress they have made throughout the year.
Hopefully with the changing times, high stakes testing will also begin to change. More emphasis will be placed on growth, not one, single test.
I hope so. Otherwise, we are going to wind up with a bigger school drop out rate...from students and from teachers!