What a disaster. I've been stressing for months now over the standardized test that my district mandates for 1st grade. Yesterday, we did listening comprehension, and my kids rocked it. It was awesome. Today, they did reading comprehension, and it was a TRAGEDY. There are 4 questions that at least HALF of the class got wrong. I am confident that I am a good teacher... and I've been preparing my kids for the test for the past month (in addition to our regular activities, of course). However, I cannot help feeling like complete and total cr*p about this. Since September, I've been struggling to help these kids become fluent readers. I have the ENTIRE range of abilities-- for instance, I have students who got only 1 or 2 problems wrong, and then I have 2 children who seem to have gotten half of them wrong (23 total). Teaching is my LIFE. I stay until 6:00 pm almost every single day, sometimes later, even though children are dismissed at 3:05. My classroom is well managed, my observations are stellar, and the assessments that I provide my children are strong overall (though I do have quite a few low level readers). My head is telling me that I've done my best, and that it's not my fault. But my heart is worrying that I just didn't do good enough. The stress and grief is overwhelming me. It would be one thing if I didn't give teaching my all, but I really do!!! This is something I've wanted my ENTIRE life, and I've always been a successful person. This test is really depressing me... I know that giving standardized tests are NOT effective ways of measuring student ability, but I can't change the fact that I have to give them. And that a seasoned teacher in my grade is claiming almost of all of children got every single one correct. What am I doing wrong??? Please, if you have to give your kids a standardized test and have any advice or words of wisdom for me-- or anything to make this awful situation seem... well, less awful, please, reply. I haven't felt this sad all year.