Just a week or so ago some of my students were involved with the standardized test: TAKS. For those not familiar, it stands for Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills, and everyone has to take them. For me I happen to not like them because I loose a week of teaching lessons right before our bass studio recital, but that’s beside the point. When asking my students for their thoughts, this was the typical/average response:
Difficulty: Fairly Easy
Did you do well on the tests: Most likely
Do the teachers like giving the tests: Nobody seemed to think they do
Hardest test: English or History
Overall, the tests were: Exactly what I expected
In conclusion, it seemed like everyone was able to deal with the long hours of testing and did well. Nobody was thrilled at the idea of testing for a week. On the topic of what purpose do these tests serve, and why does the state administer the test, thats the topic of a whole other post. I’m just glad that that week is behind us now and we can focus on the recital, enjoying the relaxed pace of summer, setting summer musical goals, looking forward to the Fall, etc.