Standardized tests - are they worth the stress on our kids?
I just read this in the Stir and it made me think. My kids are in test prep mode this week, too, because of the statewide ARMT+ (Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test+) coming up next week. They're bright girls, tops of their classes, but the stress from the teachers and all the pressure they're placing on them all to do well on the test next week is really getting to them.
Is there too much emphasis on standardized tests? Do you think the schools should focus their attention elsewhere? Are your kids stressed out over these?