A common sight this time of year…
State testing is in April. This week was a big one for the 5th graders.
For the record, I hate state testing. It serves the purpose of finding out what the children know within a given framework, but it doesn’t show how well the kids can think when they aren’t given ideal conditions. It keeps teachers from being creative, and it lowers all learning to one level. Those kids who are above that level already? Forget them. They’re going to zone out and never reach their greatest potential.
Fortunately, this is the last year for the TAKS. It will, of course, be replaced with some other mind-numbing standard-testing.
I can’t help but wonder if other countries are in the same fix.