Pretty much any teacher in Texas will tell you, the biggest thorn in their side is the TAKS test. Even teachers who's grade-level or content area is not tested are affected. I will not go into this because it has become a moot point in most ways and just gets me all fired up.
We got our TAKS scores back yesterday. My kids did great and I was so very relieved, my knees almost buckled. 96% passing rate is considered outstanding, and I was very happy for sure. However, with that happiness comes some resentment, too. Because I know that with those great scores comes sacrifice. Teachers in Texas have to sacrifice real-world lessons and content, ideas that could make an actual difference in a student's life, because we are to the point where we must teach to this silly test.
I was looking at the TEA website, trying to find the state average for the 10th-grade ELA test, when I stumbled upon this ridiculous headline:
Breaks okay during testing
New correspondence clarifies that students can take bathroom breaks while testing is under way.
And you know what else? If you were to click on the link above, you would be taken to a FULL PAGE memo, clarifying HOW, WHEN, WHERE AND WHY kids can take bathroom breaks during the TAKS test.
Wow. You know it's gotten ridiculous when you have to have instructions for going to the restroom.