Here's an article about the absurdity of forcing 4 to 6 year olds to take standardized computerized tests in school. I'm so glad our principal realized what a waste of time it was and put a stop to it this year. When is this testing craze going to end?
Although our district's administration believes these tests are given on a level playing field (because in this age of technology, most children are supposedly exposed to computers at a young age), our primary students often come to school with little or no computer experience. In fact, many early childhood researchers believe that responsible parenting means little or no screen time for primary school children. As a result, young students click at random. One of my colleagues reported that she often witnesses students rubbing the mouse on their faces or on the computer screens. And this data is supposed to help guide our teaching?