Thursday, March 3, 2016

A Test of Endurance #SOL16

Time ticks
Kids fidget
Eyes absorb
Pages flip
Fingers tap
Pencils doodle
Brains buzz
Questions confuse
Words taunt
Stress rises
Eyebrows furrow
Shoulders droop
Distractions surge
Stamina fades
Reading suffers
Errors rise
Confidence evaporates
Worry looms
Data deflates
Hope suffocates

Why do we torture our children?
When will this testing nightmare ever end?
Are 44 multiple choice questions really necessary?
Have I mentioned I hate benchmarking days?


  1. Yes x 1000. I have a struggling reader at home, and the tests don't give us any information we don't already have, but they DO serve to make him feel hopeless, stupid, and judged.

    Great format, too. I should really use this month to push myself to try writing styles out of my comfort zone.

    1. Amen friend! The information this ridiculous test give us are unnecessary and unhelpful. I'm sorry your daughter has had to endure so much trauma. The poem format felt a little awkward, but I figured I would give it a try.

  2. I LOVE this format! I could feel my own heart rate start to rise as I read through this. I'd agree with Wendy, these tests don't tell us anything we don't all ready know. I can learn a heck of a lot more by talking with a student, reading their writing, and observing them than I can with a test, but that's just me! :)

    Thank you for sharing your slice with us today! :)

    1. Grateful for your comment! I agree that conversations and conferences provide so much more insight than a multiple choice test.

  3. Sigh. A sad state of affairs for today's education. I truly believe we will find our way out of this through the voice of us teachers. Keep making your voice heard!

    1. Sad indeed. Not sure if anyone is listening, but I am hopeful the tide will turn soon.

  4. Beautiful writing about a miserable topic. I know the feeling...those days are so heartbreaking. Thank you for sharing your heart.