"My child is getting good grades and loves school" certainly can apply to many children in our public schools, but that does not mean your child is free from being impacted by the pressure to raise scores on the state assessments.
Here are some questions to consider:
- Does your child's elementary school focus primarily on the tested subjects of ELA and math? Are science, history, art, music, physical education, recess and free play reduced or eliminated? Many elementary schools have double blocks of ELA and math daily while ignoring a well-rounded education.
- Does your child's classroom focus on skills, worksheets and content that is a preparation for taking standardized tests? Does this test-prep limit your child's exposure to critical thinking or creativity? Is your child engaged in fun projects and activities or buried in worksheets and seat-work?