What other self-serving purpose might the business elite have in mind with its support for longer school days and school years? Could it be they see schools as the childcare resource necessary to diffuse objections to longer work days by employees with children?
By Tim Walker U. But what is it about standardized testing specifically that makes it toxic to so many educators? To help answer this question, researchers at the National Education Association collected and analyzed phone survey data from PreK teachers.
Too Much Pressure According to the NEA survey, a majority of teachers reported feeling considerable pressure to improve test scores.
The Impact of Testing on Teachers From fellow teachers and parents, however, a large majority of respondents said they felt very little or no pressure. The fact that increasing numbers of parents nationwide no longer want their children to be exposed to a one-size-fits-all education approach may help explain the disparity between them and school and district officials.
Time Wasted The sheer volume of tests that teachers are tasked with administering and preparing students for is enormously time-consuming. Fifty-two percent of teachers surveyed said they spend too much time on testing and test prep.
The average teacher now reports spending about 30 percent of their work time on testing-related tasks, including preparing students, proctoring, and reviewing results of standardized tests. Teresa Smith Johnson, a 5th grade teacher in Georgia, says her school spends a minimum of 8 weeks testing during the school year.
There must be a better plan. But using scores this way is losing support among the general public. Teachers love their work, and the NEA survey found that 75 percent of teachers are satisfied with their jobs.
However, the data also indicate that toxic testing environments contribute to lower job satisfaction and thoughts of leaving the profession. Despite the high level of overall satisfaction, nearly half 45 percent of surveyed member teachers have considered quitting because of standardized testing.
Teachers are dedicated individuals and many succeed in focusing on the positive, but the fact that testing has prompted such a high percentage of educators to contemplate such a move underscores its corrosive effect on the profession.PI SA P rogramme for I nternational S tudent A ssessment PISA Results STUDENTS’ WELL-BEING VOLUME III OVERVIEW.
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From fellow teachers and parents, however, a large majority of respondents said they felt very little or no pressure. The fact that increasing numbers of parents nationwide no longer want their children to be exposed to a one-size-fits-all education approach may help explain the disparity between them and school and district officials..
Negative Impact . You are a college professor. I have just retired as a high school teacher.
I have some bad news for you. In case you do not already see what is happening, I want to warn you of what to expect from the students who will be arriving in your classroom, even if you teach in a highly selective institution.
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What parents should know; Myths vs. facts. High-stakes test: Assessment that is used to make critical decisions with consequences for one or more stakeholders in the assessment process; an admissions test that determines the course of a student's academic future and a test used for accountability and linked to funding are both examples of high-stakes tests.