Scare Tactics

During a recent professional development meeting, I was struck by what the district assessment coordinator said. Her objective was to train all of us teachers as test administrators for the standardized tests coming up. I, however, left that meeting feeling more apprehensive about my role in the testing environment:

“The head assessment person will come out and investigate if anything goes wrong.”

“Be aware. There are consequences.”

“That’s a security breach. That’s not going to be pretty. You will be questioned.”

“Misadministration of the exam can remove your certification as a teacher.”

“It costs $40,000 to replace one test question if one is leaked.”

And my personal favorite:

“It’s not at all stressful. Just make sure you maintain a testing environment and follow all the rules.”

Ironically, as I was grading papers today, I came across this quotation from an anonymous student:

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2 thoughts on “Scare Tactics

  1. To Them: Okay. We get it. Leaking test questions is bad. Can we move onto something that actually helps us to be better teachers? Something that promotes student engagement? Let’s talk about that. Thanks.


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