Common Core nationalized tests are to be implemented on our kids in 2014-2015 in Utah –unless we can talk our Governor and State School Board into getting us out of Common Core.
This will be overtesting in action. Overtesting does not benefit children. http://testcritic.homestead.com/files/standardized_tests.html
It does, however, benefit test writers, technology-for-test seller, politicians, and textbook writers. http://voices.washingtonpost.com/answer-sheet/standardized-tests/florida-education-chief-outrag.html
Ever thought about that?
There is a growing movement (not growing fast enough to suit me) against the surging overtesting of our kids that is happening for political and financial gain. http://unitedoptout.com/
All the talk about “data-driven decision making” http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/2/prweb9201404.htm
–is so much blah, blah, blah to teachers who want to teach for the joy of teaching and learning and seeing children bloom, not to prove some politician’s point. Or to children who just want to learn, to play, and to be kids!
Did you know that you have the right to opt out? This year, I didn’t let my public schools test my kids. They still get to attend next year. There was even one teacher who offered an alternative math test (just for her) that wasn’t a standardized, massive, kid-tracking test that would be sent to the P-20 council and the state and federal government.
Yes, you can opt out of testing. http://unitedoptout.com/
An anonymous California teacher’s blog on overtesting says: http://teacher-anon.blogspot.com/
“Six weeks of mind numbing, stomach wrenching, enormously boring, enthusiasm sucking, test preparation. Six whole weeks stressing kids out while denying them access to a real education where their natural curiosity and ability to think critically has been sorely eliminated – along with social studies, science, music, art, recess, etc.
I looked at the terminology on the board and thought, wow! Just. Wow!!! I also thought, Are You $#*#%#*^#*# Kidding Me really??? Srsly! I’ll bet if I asked any non-sixth grade teacher in the room, including our principal, no one, I mean NO one, could define all of those terms. I’d be willing to bet NO one at the district office could define those terms. Our local school board couldn’t. In fact, I’d be willing to bet that Arne Duncan, Bill Gates, Eli Broad, Michelle Rhee, Wendy Kopp, Geoffrey Canada, Michael Bloomberg, Joel Klein, and even Oprah couldn’t define those terms. Yet our SIXTH GRADERS are supposed to be able to know these terms and apply that knowledge on the State test? Why? I mean, seriously, why? Who came up with the ludicrous idea that this was grade level appropriate material, let alone relevant to sixth graders?
All I can say is, “#$*#*%*#$* is #*#**%##* up!” Totally. This year has been the most frustrating in my entire career. I am sick of District and State generated test data. I’m sick of test prep. I’m sick of testing. Yes, even kindergarten teachers are now testing our children into oblivion. (More about that in an upcoming post.) I’m disgusted by the reward parties for children who have made the grade, so to speak. I weep for all those kids who NEVER get to attend any of the special events because they couldn’t make the grade no matter how hard they tried. My stomach clenches when I think about walking into the multipurpose room at the beginning of the next school year. Will I see the NAMES and SCORES of the kids who scored Proficient or Advanced on the State test posted on the walls for all to see, AGAIN? Will we spend $6,000 on Accelerated Reader when we spend $0 on new books for our library?
The only good thing about having furlough days for the third year in a row is that it means that I have five fewer days to put up with this #*$&@. Class sizes continue to rise. Testing continues to increase. More mandates that do nothing to help kids learn proliferate. Really, people, I can’t possibly take any more meds than I am currently taking.”