Last week in the Student Blogging Challenge, one of the suggested activities related to the fact that in much of the world, April and May are the months where students are bombarded with so much testing.
It’s a touchy and stressful subject for many for sure.
So we thought it would be fun if in the next few days, we can encourage anyone out there with a blog to sound off and share thoughts about standardized testing and accountability. The interesting thing here will be to learn about how individual states, countries, and areas of the world handle it differently.
A few things to consider:
Are test scores tied to teacher pay? Should they be?
Do scores determine if students are moved on from one grade to the next?
Is there a better way to do it all?
Just my 2 cents…
I started out teaching secondary math in the state where No Child Left Behind was essentially born and tested before it went national: Texas.
In my first years of teaching, I’m not going to lie, I hated it all! I felt I was only teaching so my students would pass a test, I wasn’t able to effectively enrich and challenge my stronger students, and it just created such a negative atmosphere.
Then, I spent a year teaching at a school in Mexico. We had no standards, no tests, no accountability. Sounds like a dream, right?
But it wasn’t at all. Living in Mexico was a dream (it was a bit safer at the time), and the students were incredible to work with – it was just there was so much inefficiency in the school.
I found myself over the course of the year fighting with others to align our curriculum, develop assessments that we could use from year to year, and essentially bringing in much of what I thought I hated before!
When I returned to Texas, I definitely appreciated it all much more.
So what do you think?
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