Testing as in everything-is-on-the-line-testing.
The testing stakes in schools these days are stressful. The teachers feel it. The students feel it.
The Departments of Education (both federal and state) tell us NOT to teach to the test. BUT in the next breath
we are given the consequences for what happens
if our students fail.
In Oklahoma they have made it mandatory for graduating seniors to pass four out of seven of their end-of-the-year-high-school-state-exams.
Of those four, two of them HAVE to be
Lucky me.....I teach English II (which is Sophomores). I also teach English III (which of course would be Juniors).
The Juniors also have to take the end-of-the-year-state-assessments.
So that means that ALL of my students take the
high stakes tests.