When will the tests begin? A mystery.
August 25, 2007
Upon examination of the “Testing Schedule,” which is printed in the Denison Montessori Teacher Handbook, I see that the first Benchmark Tests are supposed to be administered August 27th – September 3rd. That would mean that we will begin testing on Wednesday, but there is no mention of it on the principal’s Weekly Agenda for August 25 – 29th. Will I be able to finish my second week of orientation in the classroom or not? Will curriculum and instruction screech to a halt before we are even “On our mark?”
Post script: A day later I march into the Assistant Principal’s office to clear up this matter. I am chagrined to learn that I have read the Testing Schedule poorly, that it actually says that on August 27th the testing materials are supposed to arrive in the building. Because I am inquiring in such a timely fashion, however, I am the first to receive the official schedule for the first Benchmark Tests. It says they will be administered the second week after the Labor Day holiday, September 9 – 12. Therefore, the students will have five days of regular schooling, that period that I suggested would be the “GO,” the full speed ahead signal for this new. And THEN we will hobble through a week of testing. What effect will that have on the students’ orientation to the classroom? On their attitudes towards their work and progress?