Re: Too much standarized testing Middle School Spanish English Language Learners, Bronx, New York
- Author: Anonymous
- State: NY
- Test: All Tests
- Date: May 15 at 9:02 am ET
I am a Social Studies Middle School teacher in the Bronx, New York of all Spanish
speaking English Language Learners. The whole entire year beginning in September
until May 13, 2014, I spent trying to prepare my students for the New York City
Social Studies test . The year could be aptly called test prep. The Administration
under pressure of their own rating as a school wanted the teachers to focus solely
on the standardized testing of their subject area to try to obtain the best test scores
possible. All faculty meetings stressed test prep.
First, I have students of all varying abilities, and many of them have just recently arrived to the United States this academic school year. All educational theories thatI am learning at graduate school for my Master’s Degree in Bilingual Education indicate that students need five to seven years to attain Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency. Our school a Bilingual Transitional Instruction Program tries to have students compete at grade level as soon possible. However, many of my students are several years below grade level. It is impossible environment for students, teachers, administrators, and parents when the sole focus of the entire year is one standardized test especially for my students who are trying to learn academic English. The standardized testing is detrimental to their education.
The focus on standardized testing in our school deters creativity and learning. Our school has taken away weeks of valuable class time on Periodic Assessments in preparation for the test. Our students had been taking state tests for three weeks now, and the students have felt unbearable pressure and stress. Discipline is a problem too as many students are acting up fed up with too much testing. As a young teacher eager to facilitate the love of learning in my students, I wake up every
day wondering if I will even make it another day in a profession where teaching is not respected.