Time Tests = Extra Test Anxiety
I got my daughter’s second quarter report card and four of her grades went down. This is quite upsetting for me because I didn’t hear one word from the teacher that her grades were going down until the damn report card.
After researching it I found out everything is fine but her test scores are bad.
When I was in school if you failed a test you had to take it home and have a parent sign it, and when I was struggling my mother heard from my teachers. Going from an a to a c- is not normal. So needless to say I am really angry today about American Education. When your child starts to flounder in school isn’t the teacher’s job to help them and inform the parent that there is a problem? You know BEFORE the report card is issued?
Sure SEP conferences are coming up…AFTER the grades are final, where I get a lousy ten minutes to go over all my child has done the past three months, but I digress.
With my eldest I know some of it is all the changes going on here, she had similar issues after her bio dad left. The difference was: THAT teacher seemed to give a shit and contacted me as soon as she noticed Monkey’s grades dropping and we were able to get her back on track.
Then I find out that Monkey is failing tests, I thought public schools now looked for symptoms of text anxiety. My daughter tells me she feels sick to her stomach before a test and sometimes the tests are timed so she spends more time worried about the clock and finishing then she does getting the answers right.
I hate tests to begin with since I don’t feel that they accurately represent how well my child understands concepts…more like how well my child can barf them back on paper.
So what good is a timed test actually doing for my daughter? I find the answer to be a whole lot of nothing.
Article on how timed MATH tests don’t help
Articles on why Standardized tests are unfair
Tips on How to Deal with Test Anxiety
Take a Snack
(These are all great if not impractical or impossible to do/control)
Does your child have Test Anxiety? Here are some symptoms
Rapid heart beat
Low Self esteem
Though honestly I think the whole education system needs a rework, where tests are not a big deal, teachers are paid more and a happier more relaxed environment is created. I guess the school system needs more money, if only the government were not doing stupid things like spending money and time on anti-abortion bills, and put money back into the economy by oh… making pot legal and taxing it like cigarettes.