Standardized testing has drawn its share of criticism from teachers, students and parents. One of the most common complaints is the stress that all three groups feel – from preparation through performance. From a young age, students take these timed tests that measure academic competency and, ultimately, whether they’re college material. Countless articles on standardized testing in the U.S. point out the pressure on students to score well; that teachers are often evaluated by how their students fare on the tests; and that parents get anxiety hoping their children score high.
Amid all this stress comes the basic but difficult-to-answer question: How to deal with it? There is a tremendous amount of controversy about standardized testing, and no matter which side of the argument you are on, teachers have no choice.