The TAKS test here in Texas is being questioned about its difficulty, each states test vary greatly. It is felt that what students should be learning is not being met according to the 2014 requirement. What are children expected to learn and why? Why are so many students not meeting this and so many barely? Should we as a society feel it is right to put these kind of pressures on our children? It is not only the students who feel these pressures but the teachers as well. Teachers are quitting their jobs thanks to the pressures they meet every year with this rigorous testing. If an adult feels this much pressure the test, imagine how a child must feel.
They are now wanting to make one test for every state. Some are saying that is to much. Study authors think you can have national standards without a national test.
As this article states there is a lot of controversy about the amount of time spent on tests and tests preparation. Many electives are being cut back to make more time for test preparation. We need to take a look at the motives of the people in charge of making these regulations. Children naturally have a love of learning. If they are put in healthy learning environments learning will happen naturally!
If you have children thus article is a must read, not only this article but a greater understanding of what children are being put through in our public schools. It is our responsibility to make sure our children are getting the kindest and most loving education. www.austinamericanstatesman.com