I have heard the following statements from different educators:
Why are you teaching that…it isn’t on the test!
Why do you need to know this? Because it is on the exam!
If I don’t test, then I won’t know what a student knows!
These statements disgust me!
If you believe tests hold teachers accountable, here is my comment on that.
If you believe that tests cause students to learn material, here is my comment on that.
If you believe tests inform us what students know, here is my comment on that.
I have heard educators, who are required to test their students a month before the end of the course, say the following
“Now that the exam is over, I am going to let you explore!”
It saddens my heart to know that we are required to teach the “boring” stuff to get through all the material for the exam, and after the exam we can then do the “fun” stuff. Tests are robbing students from open-ended, deep meaning, and creative tasks. The statement above is not an indictment to the teacher saying it, but actually the test that forces the teacher to teach as such.
Too many times teachers must tell their students that they are not able to discuss certain passions, due to the timeline of the course. If these teachers don’t follow the timeline as such, there won’t be enough time to prepare them for the useless bubble sheet they will be provided with at the end of the course.
If you are still not convinced, in our province Gr. 3 teachers are required to teach 1352 outcomes, as all these outcomes will be tested on the provincial achievement exam. Is this reasonable?
Don't think about thinking....its not on the test.