Uh Oh ISTEP!

Today, I was able to witness ISTEP first hand! ISTEP is our statewide standardized test. As a student, ISTEP never really phased me. I was a good student and I enjoyed school. However, It seems like standardized testing is a little more stressful now that I am seeing it from the other side. I worry about how the students will perform and it is such a weird feeling not being able to guide them. As bad as I wanted to nudge them, I didn’t. Talk about heart breaking! A student can do so well for so long and then get to the big test and forget it all. I understand test anxiety considering it is something I have had to deal with for some time now but it’s sad to see how stressed a 3rd or a 4th grader gets about a big test. As I take my required tests to get my teaching license, I think about these kiddos and how if they can stay remotely calm for the biggest test of their year, then so can I! ❤

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