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.