It’s finals time at Skyline High School, and this is the first year that I’ve ever had all six teachers give a fairly difficult exam. But hey, I should get used to it, from here on out the amount of testing only increases.
I’ve heard that the last few months of Junior Year are going to be filled with more tests than you can wrap your head around. There is the SAT, ACT, SAT II, AP Exams, State Testing, and finals…again. Don’t worry though, I promise to write throughout that hectic mess.
It seems like in just the last 10 years we’ve witnessed a huge increase in the amount of required tests and the way teachers “teach for the test.” Not to mention the fact that schools are funded based on test scores.
Don’t get me wrong, I understand that teachers have to give finals, and I don’t mind taking them all that much. Plus I voluntarily took those AP classes and I’ll voluntarily take those tests. But it’s the pressure put on us to pass those STAR tests that bothers me. I’ve had several teachers, mainly in the math department, who’ve scheduled what homework we do in relation to the timing of the STAR tests. That “teaching for the test” method is unfair to both the students and teachers. The students don’t get to learn enough interesting material or do enough creative activities, and the teachers don’t get to teach what they want to teach.
I could pretty safely guess that most students are opposed to taking these tests, but what do you parents and teachers think? I’ll end this blog here because I have to go study for my AP Statistics, AP U.S. History, AP Environmental Science, and French 3 exams… Wish me luck! And good luck to all you other brave students in finals, and congratulations to those of you who are already done.