Today the grade 3s began their EQAO assessments - these are the tests for all grade 3s and 6s in Ontario. It means 3 days of 2 -1 hour tests, in math, reading and writing.
No matter the reading level of the children, they must work independently with no help at all in reading, although questions can be read in math. I have 2 little boys who are reading at grade 1 level and are in the process of being identified, but they must still write this #%$*## test!
One girl who is identified LD and uses assistive technology was a bit more successful, but she was so drained that by the afternoon she had a major temper tantrum and ran out of the building.
I have done these tests for over 15 years - my youngest who is 24 did the first one way back when it was 2 weeks! He received Level 1s and 2s and called himself stupid for months afterwards.
The worst comment I have received was "But you're a teacher, you're supposed to help". (and I still hear that every year)
Politics does not belong in the classroom and that is what this test is - a political tool to assess teachers.
I will be so glad for Wed. afternoon when we can celebrate that everyone is done and did their best.