This week we begin our state testing. Washington State fourth graders spend a day each in reading and math. They spend two days writing first a narrative and then an expository piece.
At this point our state does not use these scores to evaluate teachers. I know this makes me less stressed and therefore my students are less stressed.
I don't overemphasize the tests in my teaching. I want my students to do well. I look at this as an opportunity to teach them how to take standardized tests. They are not going away.