Alright, So I'm in Georgia and I'm currently teaching Chemistry. I've done Physics and want to do even more, but that's beside the point. Being in the science dept. I obviously talk with the physics teachers at the school quite often. Physics is one of a few classes that were mandated to give out the SLO test to their students this year. The SLO test is a "Student Learning Objective" assessment. Essentially, the standards are boiled down into objectives and students are expected to meet these objectives. Teachers don't know the objectives they only know the standards. Students take a pre-test 2 weeks into school (sometimes 3 weeks in). This pre-test has everything and it's a little odd, but being able to show growth requires a pre-test. Teacher's don't know what's on it so you can't hearken back to it during class like "Hey, if you remember this topic on the pre-test we're covering it now..." so and so. Then, 6 weeks before the end of the class the students take a post-test. This is in a block-schedule school by the way. According to the physics folks they still have 4 units to cover at this point (which is about where I would be...either 4 more or 3 more units). The kicker? The student's growth will be used to evaluate the teachers. It doesn't really seem like THAT bad of an idea as long as they account for the fact they those 4 units that were not yet covered were on the assessment. The OTHER kicker? It's not a real grade to the students and the students know this. They technically weren't supposed to know, but who is going to lie to their students about this? What bothers me is that these students have taken how many of these state-mandated assessments that have seemingly little effect on their grades or progress over the years? They've already been telling me that they had many students that finished the test in 5 minutes. Very few students willingly completed the whole test and you can't actually prompt the students to genuinely complete it. Most of them haven't looked at their data yet, but I asked to look at some of it for one of my colleagues. She's considered one of the best physics teachers there and her student's didn't really show much growth. Now her evaluation will show that despite the fact she's phenomenal. I suppose I haven't been around long enough (1 and 1/2 years) so I'm sure many things will come to bother me over the years, but this is just idiotic. tl;dr: State-mandated assessments are silly.