Most of us would agree that all of the testing to which students are submitted these days is excessive and doesn’t really reflect what they can do, how they have grown, or if I can teach. Can anyone explain to me the logic behind some of these testing policies? Heading into our state testing and preparing to administer the reading test, I came across a lovely policy. It states that after students are finished testing, while they are waiting for other students to complete the test and for the school as a whole to wrap up, they may NOT read. Anything. At all. They are encouraged to draw on scratch paper (but only if all test books have been collected) or to put their heads down and rest.
Really? We are assessing reading comprehension and literacy skills but THEY CAN’T READ?!