I had to start scrawling them down...
48: percentage of remaining uninterrupted classroom days that kids will be tested, quizzed, or assessed beyond the state testing and finals; this does not account for assessments in foreign language, art, music, etc.
30: assessments awaiting students in core classes (consider that each of the five core courses is required a minimum of 6 grades per marking period; this does not account for assessments in foreign language, art, music, etc.)
26: days kids will be tested or assessed if we apply the theory that teachers will be careful to not schedule more than two graded assessments per day (52%); however, the reality is kids will have some work piled up on individual days
19: interrupted classroom days (38%) due to mandated testing, days off, etc.
19: percentage of remaining uninterrupted classroom days that teachers will need to apply an assessment
17: total tests (mandated and our finals) taken in addition to daily coursework
12: mandated tests
11: days of mandated testing (22%)
10: rough estimate of days before the final exams when students will receive study guides
6: minimum number of assessments each course must account for each marking period
5: final exams
3: days of final exams
3: mandated reading tests
3: mandated mathematics tests
2: mandated science tests
2: mandated writing tests
2: (additional) mandated math tests
Is it just me, or has our country pretty much ensured that we are working harder at "playing school" than working towards inspiring creativity, growth, and life-long learners?
Is this what made us fall in love with teaching?
Or made us fall in love with learning?
Or in love with science?