I Hate Elementary School Standardized Tests

Written on April 12, 2013 at 3:24 pm , by

 

I’m just going to put it out there: I hate standardized tests, and as a mom I can’t freaking wait until they’re over at the end of this month.

When I was a student, standardized tests never bothered me that I recall, especially not in elementary school. They didn’t unnerve me, and I didn’t feel like my fate was somehow riding on them. The school year definitely did not revolve around them. We were not issued separate workbooks to lug back and forth specifically to prep for them. Standardized tests were not, to put it bluntly, a “lifestyle.” Now they are. So next week my son, a third grader, will take New York State standardized tests in English and Math for the first time. All the hours of classroom time spent prepping, all the homework pages I compelled him do when he would MUCH rather have been playing, because he is an 8-year-old boy, after all, will boil down to six test sessions. Tests based on the heavily-hyped Common Core, which very well could be good for students in the long run, but was implemented far too quickly in New York City by the chronically overwhelmed and underfunded Department of Education. And tests that were originally meant to assess student learning and provide useful feedback to teachers and parents about a kid’s progress and areas to work on, will instead be used to “rank” schools and “rate” teacher competence. To say that I cannot wait for April to be over and done with would be the understatement of the year so far.

So, do tell – are your kids stressing over standardized tests? Are you?

2 Responses to “I Hate Elementary School Standardized Tests”

  1. I empathize with you as an early childhood educator of children 1-8. I can tell you this is being implimented in our state also,I’m on the opposite side of the states from you. I don’t like what I am hearing and seeing about this program so far. What I want to know is if any of these decision makers that made this decision understand children at all. You are right, your son is 8. He learns through play, that’s what they do best, it’s natural. He should be playing based on all of my early childhood education. So, why are these decisions being made about our kid’s education without our input? I would like to hear from others also. Anyone want to weigh in here?

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