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3rd Grade Teacher form Philadelphia, PA

Standardized testing is

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Standardized testing is definitely taking up lots of time in my classroom. Our students are tested multiple times throughout the year to get ready for the state test (PSSA). We give 4 - Sight tests in reading and math on 5 different occasions: the first day of school, one in November, January, March, and the last one in June.

Both teachers and students are burned out. Along with these tests, we do testing every Friday. By the time March rolls around, everyone is over the testing.

I try to use technology in my lessons. I have an overhead projector that I try to use at least 3 times a week. The problem is I do not always have access to the internet. I would love to plan lots of lessons using the computer (I do for ones that do not require internet); however, with limited access to the internet it is sometimes difficult.

I also have difficulty with the computer itself. My computer seems to have a mind of its one and only works when it wants to. It is very frustrating.

PreAP English I & II teacher from Texas

Your are singing to the choir!

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I share all your frustrations with high-stakes testing. Why can't we just administer the ACT test junior year and call it a done deal and downsize STAAR/EOC to a quiz or diagnostic. If your ACT score is high enough, then proceed to college (if you can afford it), and if not - time to come up with plan B.

Concerning technology - my students and I use it everyday. Our text book is online and contains many bells and whistles. Unfortunately the OS doesn't always mesh with their phones. and some of the interfacing already seems outdated. Additionally, I am discovering more and more innovative ways to flip learning so that my students are engaged and self-directed. They in turn are teaching me much about technology and how it can be intergrated into the classroom. Since adopting the "guide on the side" rather than the "sage on the stage" mantra, I am much happier collaboratively coaching the future curators our society is indelibly producing. Hopefully some of these shiny kiddos will help us all figure out how to intergrate Pinterest, Prezie, and Edublog, Twitter and Facebook into some fun, project-based learning we are jazzed about doing after the BIG TEST.

As for the TEAL component: All my classes recently analyzed their most recent reading comprehension benchmark. During ROUND #1 - they found compelling relationships and patterns using testing data available through our district and testing strategies available through me. From THEIR research, most are now armed with concrete specifics to improve their scoring exponentially; and they are acutely aware of their strengths and deficiencies. ROUND #2 is essay disaggregation, which will commence after spring break. Ding, ding, ding!!

Ben, I am a high school

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Ben, I am a high school teacher in Southern California currently getting my Masters in Ed Leadership and Admin credential. In much of our readings and research we are always addressing the high stakes test that currently exist in education. With common core now moving to the forefront, it does not appear high stakes testing will be departing the landscape in the near future.
Your perspective on teacher and student burnout is on point and I can really understand the frustrations teachers and students face. Additionally, technology has to be used to enhance learning. Using technology in my classroom lessons is continuous and the students enjoy the educational enhancements. In our checking for understanding we use a system called CPS, Classroom Performance System, which gives each student a key pad and they respond to the question electronically. Students love using it and it is a high point of the class every time we use it. Technology can help avert some burnout and keep learning new and fresh.

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