Testing tests limits of students, inhibits learning

Before the last bell rings and students and faculty head out for the summer, there is one last battle to face: tests. Most students have to worry about an AP test for at least one class, and now there will be an EOC for every class.
As someone who suffers with a lot of stress, it is easy to see why students will be stressed when the time to take these tests comes around.
We already have AP tests for at least one class, interim assessments, and EOCs for math classes and some social studies classes. Why do we need to have any more?
Many rumors have been flying around MAST about EOCs for every class, along with the numerous AP tests most students take each year. Will students have an EOC for every class? Will the EOCs determine whether or not students pass their classes?
Testing, testing, and testing. It feels like all that matters about school is the grade you make in a class, not about how much you actually learned from the course you took. If it’s not an A in the gradebook, it’s not good enough.
I find myself thinking about the future, picturing myself staring blankly at a computer screen as tears pool in my eyes. Is this all that education has to come to? Testing students until they break, determining a teacher’s pay on how many of their students passed a test?
As far as EOCs for every class, all I know is that I am going to try and keep my stress at a minimum until the time for testing comes around.
Maybe testing is not always the answer. There should be a balance. Having a test for core classes is not an awful idea, but having a test for every class is too much for students and teachers alike. The future may be bright, as long as we are all not too stressed and worried about what will happen to embrace it.


Five ways to ease the pressure on test day

  1. Have a snack beforehand. Our middle school teachers could not stress this enough, and it is a good thing they did. Food equals brain power.
  2. Stay relaxed and confident; keep a good attitude. If you find yourself stressed out, take a few deep breaths.
  3. Think positively; approach the test knowing you are going to do your best.
  4. Keep in mind that your “best” is good enough, whatever it may be. Whether it’s a 90 or a 65: your best is all you need.
  5. Remember it’s only one test. If you do bad on this one, you can always do better on the next.