This test is killing me and my ability to enjoy my job.
We have been testing since the beginning of March and we will not stop testing until the last day in May.
It's not always my kids, but it's a rotation of students every single day for 2 months straight.
It's taking away our counselors (who are being used as test coordinators).
It's taking away our technology (because every single computer and lab in the school is going to the testing).
It's taking away our time to produce meaningful and rich lessons because we are exhausted from simply trying to keep up with the schedules.
The kids cannot believe that they need to take the following exams:
- 2 days of Math Performance Based Assessment
- 2 days of ELA Performance Based Assessment
- 2 days of Science MSA
- 2 days of ELA End of Year Assessment
- 1 day of Math End of Year Assessment
- 4 finals (county written)
- Countless unit exams that actually go into their grade for the year
They are confused as to why the Performance Based Assessment and the End of Year Assessments are within a month of each other.
They are exhausted from schedule changes.
They are burning out on tests.
And for what?
I can almost guarantee that they won't release the data next year and if they do, the data won't be strong enough to use as a talking point for most students or any educationally related decisions.
On top of that, there is more and more being asked of teachers and administrators to do on a daily basis...teachers because admin is tied up in testing issues and barely trying to keep up with their jobs! Our counselors are MIA b/c they're trying to deal with the testing issues, mass absences, emotional problems of our students, and scheduling and all of their other duties on top of that!
It's exhausting. I've slacked. I don't want to slack, but I'm barely keeping my head above water.
Oh, and this is my first day back from Spring Break, so I should be fresh, right?
I don't have a problem with Common Core, but I would love to have a sit down with whoever wrote these tests.
That's all for now. Rant over. Thanks for listening.