Get lots of sleep. Eat a good breakfast.
And be grumpy.
It’s that time of year! Standardized testing time.
I have refused in year’s past. Oh yes, you *can* refuse! Don’t use the word “opt out.” It’s all in the wording.
Truth be told, I’m not a big “test” fan. Can you tell? These things tell me nothing that I don’t already know. My kid struggles with reading? Ya think? Yeah, I already knew that. He excels in science and math? Yeah? Didn’t need a test to tell me that either.
Nor did I need one to tell me the positives and negatives of his school. Any tuned in momma should know that.
So, why didn’t I refuse this year? Because I’m tired. And I felt like I needed to pick my battles.
Both of my kids have IEPs under the SLD-reading category, but both have very different academic strengths and weaknesses. One is diagnosed dyslexic. And one is diagnosed with Central Auditory Processing Disorder.
So, a lot of my days are spent researching reading programs and assistive tech and IEP goals. By the time I get back around to standardized testing, I’m spent.
Add to that Tennesse decided to have a ginormous testing window this year. Our school is literally testing over THREE weeks. Three.Weeks.
Oh, and did I mention we have a figure skating competition smack dab in the middle?
So, how are we staying sane?
Thankfully, the weather is beautiful here, so we’re trying to spend a little time outdoors each evening. Our neighborhood is family friendly, so that makes it easier.
I am NOT making them practice reading during the testing window. They read enough during the actual test and they come home exhausted. Hey, Dept of Ed – that’s yet another reason to cut back on these high-stakes tests!
We still focus on the things they find fun. My son advanced a belt in jiu-jitsu, and that was a celebration! And my daughter is gearing up for her local figure skating competition. We’re making those “the focus” – testing is secondary.
Still, I get grumpy kids often after school.
Anyone else feeling it? What’s your advice?