Today gets us to Day 23 of School Year 2009-2010. Classes have been going on just over a calendar month now. The Autumnal Equinox has come and gone, and the deliciously cooler weather means I’ll need another layer on my bike commute this morning.
And I still don’t have my damn scores from the standardized tests administered back in March.
We were told the individualized results would be in our ultra-modern web-based database by September 20th. Well, it’s September 22nd now, and where the Hell are they?
We are constantly told about how “high-stakes” these tests are, how pivotal they are to school improvement, how their disaggregation is essential to understanding what works and doesn’t work with our students.
But that’s quite obviously bullshit, because if these tests were really “high stakes” we’d have the results by now. We would have had them months ago, or at least well before the 23rd day of the next school year. We would quite certainly not have a system with an ultra-modern web-based database dependent on what must be two lowly-paid folks data entering thousands of results by hand into a 1983 Commodore 64 computer.
So the next time someone appears at my school to tell my staff how “high stakes” these tests are, I will join the multitudes who roll their eyes and grumble into their coffee. I give up trying to tell any of my colleagues that there is some usefulness to this madness. You’ve convinced me, District/NM PED: it just doesn’t matter.
So I’ve officially stopped caring one iota about this testing charade. Keep the same unethical system of testing identified “learning disabled” kids with the same test as those not identified as “learning disabled”. I don’t care. Keep the scores coming over six months late. Hell, don’t give them to us at all. Nobody really cares anyway.
Still, I feel such a chump because it’s very, very obvious you guys stopped caring quite some time ago. What a sucker I’ve been. Writing all this crap about AYP this and confidence interval that. Researching the differing testing rules and regulations between the States…what a pointless exercise.
We’re really just going through some half-ass motions until this “standardized testing” fad passes, and we all move on to another shiny pedagogical object to waste our inadequate funding and attention upon.
Honestly, I just wish I wasn’t the single stupidest teacher out there. The idealistic one who just now woke up on a deliciously cool morning in Fall, both literally and figuratively.
P.S.: I realize two things: 1. 99.999999% of all possible readers to this post don’t care about its subject matter, because, A: They aren’t teachers; B: They are teachers who already wisely stopped caring about this stuff years ago; 2. The scores might hit our ultra-modern web-based database later this morning, or tomorrow, or the next day. So this post might have a May Fly’s lifespan…but still, does getting the scores today, tomorrow or the next day really alter the well-known fact (obvious to all but me for years) that none of this really matters to anybody?