How Standardized Testing Hurts Kids: Part 2

Testing season is here. You will soon start receiving the yearly notices, if you haven’t already. You know those letters, notes, e-mails, and phone messages you receive from schools on the importance of sending your children to school prepared for the upcoming high-stakes tests.  I received the first of the test season letters last night from the superintendent of my daughter’s school district.   The notices and reminders always include some version of the following: Send Click here to read more!

How Standardized Testing Hurts Kids: Part 1

I am not a good test taker.  I especially struggle with timed tests in areas I’m less confident.  I struggled off and on with this challenge throughout my educational coursework.  However, my greatest challenge was passing a math competency exam as one of the final requirements for my Bachelor’s degree.  I failed that test three times.  You would think that I was an underperforming math student, but that’s not true.  I received A’s and B’s in my coursework.  I suffered from test Click here to read more!

3 Things Parents Should Know About Testing

It’s that time of year again. Spring is just around the corner.  Unfortunately for schools, this signals the beginning of yet another testing season.  Educators across the country begin the tedious and stressful process of preparing students for the approaching state standardized tests. Since implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), children have been required to demonstrate yearly progress in reading and math.  “Progress” is determined solely on annual standardized Click here to read more!