Thursday, April 22, 2010
TOO MUCH ASSESSING?
We just finished 2 weeks of standardized testing. After 20 years in education the amount of time I actually spend teaching students has slowly dwindled. We have 182 days of school...
* 1 day at the beginning of the year is spent on PBS TRAINING (POSITIVE BEHAVIOR SUPPORT...not testing, but it's a day that I don't teach)
* 9 days doing writing assessments (plus three 1/2 days I am out of the classroom to grade them.)
* 10 days doing DBA testing (and we still have one more round of these to go...so that will be another 5 days)
* 5 days spent on the BIG STATE TEST (broken up into 10 1/2 days)
* 22 days of subject assessments (2 hours every 2 weeks for miscellaneous assessments in every subject, which works out to about 1 full day lost every two weeks)
= 47 days of assessment, which is 25% of the school year! I need more teaching time or they won't have anything to assess!
I wish school were longer every year. Why not have all schools go from Labor Day to the end of May? We'd still get plenty of vacation time: 1 week in the fall, 2 weeks at Christmas, one week in the spring, all of June and July and all the miscellaneous Monday holidays.
What do you think?