Furthermore, as the authors argue, I feel curriculum and content that is supposed to be included and taught is probably being forgotten about, simply to try to help children prepare for a test that they have little chance to be fully prepared for; as if it it setting these children up to fail, and still not learn the content they need to actually be learning. "In some cases, teachers reported that 'whole curriculum projects were put on hold and maybe cancelled because tech was reserved for PARCC.' Essentially, teachers had two options: speed through content too quickly or skip certain content altogether. Either way, both situations were detrimental t learning" (10). I can see how detrimental this can be to all students, but especially ELLs and students with disabilities. I cannot imagine how difficult and overwhelming it would be for young students who have a tough time with everyday curriculum, to be thrown into testing in this fashion.
I noticed from all of the data graphs taken from teachers answers on the surveys, that is not a small amount of teachers that strongly disagree with the positivity or usefulness of this testing, but rather, more than 80% on all of the questions asked. If the majority of educators feel so strongly against this testing, why has nothing been taken away from that and changed? From my own experiences when I was in elementary school, I remember teachers cramming material into us and almost drilling into our heads for weeks before standardized testing; when I look back on all of that, I could not tell you one thing I learned. It's purposeless to drill something into children's heads all for a test, only to be lost shortly after, in place of teaching them meaningful curriculum that they actually need.
I enjoyed reading the authors' ideas for solutions, and I agree that public conversations with teachers and parents should be conducted to find solutions, and that there should be authentic opportunities for teachers and educational researchers to help plan an assessment system based on the local and diverse student population. I think this is the most important thing we can do, because it seems standardized testing is not helping anyone in any influential way.
I look forward to reading everyone's blogs this week, because like I said, I have no experience with this, and I know the majority of you all do! I also found an interesting article mentioning the issue that people assume students actually try on standardized tests, when in fact, many do not even bother.