Editorial: This is an opinion piece. All opinions are of the author and may or may not be shared by the Cougar Chronicle staff.
State testing, most students dread the long hours spent each day that they have to take multiple tests for three weeks. Although there are some/few benefits of standardized tests, there are many more downfalls to weigh down the benefits.
One of many reasons state testing is hurting students as well as teachers is because teachers have to “teach the test” instead of teaching the students more important things they will need to know later. Teachers instead, just try to cram everything in. Students will not benefit from doing this, and most teachers probably do not enjoy it either.
State testing uses test scores to reward or punish teachers for the students’ grades. This could cause teachers to cheat for their own gain or teachers may be punished because students may not remember exactly what they learned from the beginning of the year since the test is in May. According to USA Today, 178 Atlanta public school teachers and administrators from 44 schools were found to be cheating on standardized tests according to a state report. More…
Stacey testing started this week. Testing will continue from April 30 to May 24.
Because testing is rigorous and stressful for many students, it is recommended that students get a good night sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, bring snacks for the test. They can also and bring something that will reduce their stress and nervousness like a note or a good luck charm or mascot.
One the first week of testing, eighth graders will take the CST Science test during their regular science block. This will last from April 30 – May 3.
The following week (May 6 – May 10) students will be taking the SBAC Math test during their homeroom. Homeroom will be extended until 10:00. There won’t be testing on Wednesday.
Monday and Thursday will be odd block and Tuesday and Friday will be even block in order to give enough time for students to complete the test.
On week three (May 13 – May 17), students will be facing the SBAC ELA Performance Task in their regular ELA classes. Students will be given Monday through Wednesday to finish but if they don’t, there will have Thursday and Friday to continue, if needed, or for make-up.
The last week for testing will be held on May 20-May 24. In students’ regular math classes, they will be taking their SBAC Math Performance Task. This test will only last on Monday and Tuesday and be extended for Wednesday-Friday if students don’t finish or missed a day.
Students will be having May 27 off from school to take a break from all of the tests. Just kidding. It is Memorial Day.
Every year, students in grades fifth and seventh have to partake in the often dreaded Physical Fitness Test, where the teachers test each and every student on their physical abilities. Well, that time came for all students in seventh grade that happen last week for seventh-graders at Stacey Middle School.
There were several different abilities that were tested including the sit and reach, curl-ups, the mile run, and push-ups. Besides that, they also took the students’ height and weight.
For things such as the curl-ups, push-ups, and the mile run, every student has to reach a certain goal, which varies due to gender. More…
Let me preface this by saying, cheating is never okay. Having said that, in light of recent events, I think it would be a good opportunity to reflect on the stress put on our students.
Anyone can attest to the fact that school is very stressful. Whether you’re a straight-A student or just scraping by, classes are tough and socializing is tougher.
The pressure of all this would take a toll on anyone, but those who are most affected are often those you’d least suspect.
Students in AP classes so often feel this pressure that they are the most likely to cheat. More…
It’s that time of year again, everyone. It’s time for benchmarks.
A benchmark is a test that will test you on what you learned during the trimester. Some people’s scores will be better than others. Over time, you will hopefully show improvement. It is not about the grade, it is about what you learned.
Benchmarks help schools move people into higher level programs. Study.com says, “This assessment is not limited to assisting with placement.
For example, educators can use benchmarks to improve performance among specific students or even among students at large in at-risk schools and districts.” More…