We are currently in the middle of M-Step testing, Michigan version of the the Parcc test. What a horrible terrible test, the performance tasks based on the classroom activities are vague and not well written, the kids don't know what to do. The test is taking HOURS longer than we were told it was going to take. One school district in my area are not allowing the kids to go home until they are done, around 6 pm. All portions of the test require computer skills some of the students do not have ( high ELL population, several newcomers and the almost every students qualifies for free lunch) ON top of that we are doing the NWEA Map test and the Scantron Performance Series. ALL I DO IS TEST MY SPED KIDS! I am already behind because I cannot get time in the lab to meet IEP accommodations, when I do get in it takes my kids three times as long, and they are taking so many tests it is nuts. The third and fourth graders are taking, just this spring, 16 standardized tests, they took 3 in February, (except the ELL kids who also took the WIDA in march) and 6 in the fall. They also take 3 every 30 days. The kids are stressed, they are already giving up and some only just started testing. I am stressed, I am fed up. Please tell me it is not this bad everywhere???? I think John Oliver really hit it on the head. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/04/john-oliver-standardized-testing_n_7202430.html I don't have a problem with the occasional standardized test. I think the kind of information they provide can be invaluable to a SPED teacher, but seriously 16 in the last few weeks of school alone????????