Standardized Testing in Early Childhood

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  1. KinderCowgirl

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    So tomorrow my 5 and 6-year old students start their standardized testing. :unsure: Five days of up to 2 hours per day sitting down in their seats bubbling answers to questions. The purpose of this test is to identify students who are possibly GT. The higher-ups believe the purpose of this test is to have data on us teachers. My problem with that: 1) we have only taught them for 3 1/2 months. 2) The test is not based on the curriculum that has been taught.

    In an effort to prepare the kids we are expected to teach a year's curriculum in 3 months. Yes, I'm serious. "Just introduce everything and you can come back to it and reteach it starting in January"-that's what we are told. I am very vocal about my protest to the way this data is used (we typically have a meeting where we are berated for such low scores, plus it's posted with all the school data-even though they take their tests in May). However, I am told "some schools can get higher scores!". *sigh*

    So wish us luck-it's going to be a loooonnngggg week! :yawn:
     
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    Good luck. Have you tried showing the higher ups research on standardized testing in early childhood? Doesn't work for me. Or what about checking NAEYC site for information to share?

    Give them lots of stretching breaks. We did one last May, at least the kids had the whole year. They did much better then I thought they would.
     
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    Those poor kiddies! In an effort to have high test scores, we have totally turned our backs on what's best for children. I feel your pain. Best of luck!
     
  5. melnm

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    Ugh, that makes me so sad to hear.
     
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    That is very sad to hear!!
    Sounds like my situation; standardized testing on three/four year olds!! :(
     
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    We do the NWEA MAP testing starting in grade 1. Since its online and self adjusting, the little kids don't have issues with it and lots of good information can be gathered...I understand and empathize with your frustrations though! Too much testing for all...and too much focus put on the tests.:(
     
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    We will be completing the MAP test starting in January for our kinders. They've had maybe an hour in the computer lab to date. We did it a couple of years ago in June. Mine didn't do very well, not because they didn't know the answer, but because of either not understanding how the test works or poor mouse control.
     
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    I do not have testing for my Pre-K class, BUT I hope that what I am teaching them is prepping them for what I call the GIOGLITS. It's "Get it or get lost in the system!"
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    That's a difference too-because it's so developmentally inappropriate it's not typically very accurate. One-on-one oral tests are much more meaningful at this age. The results don't really tell us anything we don't know-our kids aren't really reading yet, yep, we knew that. Those skills really start to kick in in Feb/March-if they would just give us a few more months......
     
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    Hm. One cannot help wondering whether the district and/or state has chosen a means of identification that's sure to underrepresent the number of children eligible for the service. One might get an interesting lawsuit out of that.
     
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    Kinder, every time I hear this I feel so frustrated for both you and your kiddos. Hang in there this week!
     
  13. teachingafter10

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    Testing is not fun for anyone. I know that states and districts want the data but sometimes the people bringing the legislation to the table do not have enough experience in the classroom to understand the negative consequences such testing can have. Add that to the fact that they are connecting teacher reviews (giving a score to individual teachers) to the testing and that is a scary prospect.

    I understand the need for teacher evaluation and for testing of the students but there must be a better way!
     
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    Ours is supposed to start next year. We don't get to go to the computer lab - it's pretty much taken up completely by grades 3-5. My kiddos are on the computer at least twice per week each (I'm fortunate enough to have a computer center), but it's basically for math fact practice and phonics skills - no testing language or practice. The computer things I do have for my kiddos I have brought to my classroom, not my district.
     

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