This sign and those like it are now popping up all over the country. Why are these signs appearing? Well, because students are learning this.
We as educators know that this is not the case. Testing students all the time is not teaching the students anything except to dread state testing. At our school our students take notes in our morning meetings. They take these notes to practice note taking skills as well as a way of daily communication to their parents. Today I received the email from a certain student and she had this written in there:
“State testing this week. :(“
I was concerned. If a 5th grade student has this outlook to the state tests, what are we telling them? This student will do GREAT on the testing, but she doesn’t care for them. I know that students and teachers have these feelings. What can we do to change students attitudes toward the testing?
I think that every teacher would love to be able to throw the tests out the window and not look back, but that is not going to happen. I know that some teachers really lighten up the work that they expect students to do while they are testing. I have heard principals tell teachers that are not testing to make sure kids have it easy in their classes so that they are not too stressed.
I understand the work load needing to be lessened.. . . .well. . .. a little. We do want
students to focus on their assessments and do their best. For some schools is this the climax of the school year. Everything they have been doing during the year was focused on these assessments. I however, don’t feel that should be the point of school.
If I had my dream, state testing would be abolished. The government doesn’t know what they are doing by making students take these assessments and comparing them to the people who sat in those seats last year. Many things need to improve with state testing. Until then, many blessings and hopeful sleep-filled nights as your students take these tests.