Very thoughtful piece. I hope it makes some difference for teachers in NC. We need teachers like this. Let’s make it possible for her to keep her job without sacrificing her own family’s well being.
This third grade teacher responded to the post and comments about the heavy emphasis on testing students in third grade.
I thought that maybe a third grade teacher in NC should weigh in on this. I can only speak for what is occurring in my county, but here is what I am up against: I have to complete all reading 3D data within an approximate 2 week period. This involves a three minute fill in the blank test (whole class), three one minute timed reads with three one minute retells of each read, and a diagnosis of a students independent reading level by testing their reading, writing, and oral comprehension of leveled passages. The writing consists of two questions which are scored against a rubric and you must take the LOWER of the two scores. This must be completed on every student in my class.
In addition, our…
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