Saturday, March 9, 2013

Another Test?

It's Saturday morning, and I had to wake up at 6:00 in order to come into school...an elementary school...to help administer the CogAT to a group of students.  
6:00!!!!!!!  
And the testing goes until noon.

These poor kids!  Sometimes, it feels like all we do is give standardized tests to children...over and over and over again.  In January/February, our students took the MAP test.  If they scored high enough, then they took the CogAT to see if they qualify for Academically Talented services.  Currently, students are taking ISAT tests....which is a two-week process.  When we come back in April, they will all be taking the MAP test again.  
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!  
This doesn't even include all the testing that happens in the classroom on a daily/weekly basis (i.e., AIMSweb fluency and/or math, Words Their Way, reading assessments, math assessments, science, social studies, etc.).  

I understand the importance of assessing children, but isn't all of this overkill?!?!  There has to be a better way.  

Maybe I'm just crabby because I woke up early on a Saturday when all I want to do is lay in my bed on this cold, rainy day and watch Lifetime.  

9 comments:

  1. Oh my on a Saturday?? You have every right to be cranky. Here's hoping it goes quickly and someone somewhere some day realizes all these tests are a waste of time and money, and tell us nothing.

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  2. You're not crazy... nor crabby. This says to me that there are so many companies who are making money off of our government's education dollars for testing--money that we are not seeing for real teaching--that there is no filter for what works, what's best for kids, and what even makes sense. UGH.

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  3. You have good reason to be crabby. We are past the overkill when it comes to testing...and those who make the decisions have no real classroom experience to know the damage it is doing to the students. I do hope things will change soon...before all who graduate are test taking machines.

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  4. I don't think you are crazy either! And you are testing on a Saturday!????! YIKES! I agree with you! Enough is enough!

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  5. you go girl...Amen and Amen...and just think ...many people won't even let them read a book at the end of a test, because it might be distracting to them during the test, because all they can think about is getting to read the book...now Saturday...yikes! xo

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  6. I heard a funny saying, wish I could remember where/who, that said something like this:
    You don't fatten a sheep by weighing it everyday.
    It often feels like we just keep measuring kids instead of feeding them all the wonderful things there are to learn. It is sad and yes, overkill.

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  7. Wow. Not even sure how to respond to elementary students being tested on a Saturday. Just Wow.

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  8. I think it is time we let kyds be kyds!!!!!

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