Walt Disney World and Testing???
As an upcoming Disney Resorts guest, you could help us test...
Testing at Disney World? What has happened? How is it that our world has changed to a place where we can't get away from testing, even when we vacation to the "happiest place on Earth?"
But then... I stop to think about this view... Is testing all bad? Did I always hate the word "testing" as a teacher? And the honest answer to both of these questions is NO! In my early classroom days, I was known as one of the toughest teachers in my building, usually based on my high expectations and my very thorough end of the unit tests. Even more disparaging for my students, I expected them to retain their knowledge from each unit to the next, and my assessments demanded they be able to make the connections.
So, how is it that I've grown to hate testing? Simple answer... Testing has changed. It is no longer just a valuable tool we use in the classroom to assess student learning and our teaching, but it is now a punitive measure used by some districts in controlling their teachers, a numbers game that can determine where much needed funding goes for schools desperately needing interventions, and a state and federal "tag term" for political arguments. Oh, and lets not forget how it can turn into a mockery of what we all work so hard to do: teach.
Testing... maybe not so bad after all.
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