So tomorrow my 5 and 6-year old students start their standardized testing.
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!