Edutopia: How to Avoid Testing Burnout

Ben Johnson, HS Principal, consultant, author and instructional learning coach writes:

I walked into three different classrooms today and saw three different movies. This week, some of our students were taking standardized tests. Is there a correlation? In Texas this year, our high school students will spend over 33 days taking state standardized tests. The new and quite controversial STAAR tests at the secondary level require students to pass five tests each year and keep taking them until they have passed them all.

Conceivably as a worst-case scenario, their junior year, some students could be taking 15 tests. If this is bad for students what about teachers? Teachers are tired. Teaching was supposed to be fun, what we liked to do, our passion. Movie-showing teachers across the nation could be suffering from Testing Burnout.

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