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By: Darla

Mon, 24 Sep 2007 03:14:50 +0000

Too much testing is definitely something that can a negative impact on teachers and students. Teachers become frustrated at the lost of so much class time and students may have increased test anxiety. What happened to "informal assessments"? When teachers could get to know their students on an individual basis and determine what students' needed based on their progress on class assignments. If we are to truly differentiate instruction and meet the learning needs of all students, then teachers need time to get to know the students that they are teaching. We have become too obsessed with scores and grades. Too often students become associated with a number or percentage on an assessment. There has to be a balance between accountability and individuality.



By: Robin Emmert

Wed, 12 Sep 2007 14:24:50 +0000

I read Anne's post about testing too, and I really feel her struggle. As an elementary school teacher, I am in the middle of an over testing nightmare. I must spend almost 2 weeks testing, losing valuable class time! Some test the students will have (whether given my me, the county, or the state) is always in the back of my mind. I too am torn between seeing the value in these, but the overuse of them. Accountability in education is important but over testing is wrong on some many levels.