I understand there are things in life we have to do as teachers…write lesson plans, grade papers, fill out report cards…and give ISATs. There is no point in arguing a case for or against them, but I just wish the people who write them could come see what I see during one of their tests.
The red faces, bowed heads and clenched fists when no matter how many times they read that problem, nothing about it is making sense.
The heartbroken looks on their faces when they ask a question, and the response sounds similar to this, “I’m sorry, I’m not allowed to help you.”
The relieved smiles when they hand over that test for the last time, not because they are so happy they took it, but because they are so glad to get rid of it.
I think the writers of the ISAT tests should have added a few things to make grading the test a little more authentic for them.
Color change paper: So when it gets wet, there are huge red spots with the children’s tears imprinted on the page.
A heart rate monitor: So they can see the elevated heart rate when the teacher utters those dreaded words…”15 minutes left.”
An effort meter: So despite the answers that are written down, they can see all the hard work that every child poured into the test.