At the risk of someone coming to break my thumbs....here are my thoughts about the testing:
1. The directions were too darn long.
2. Two booklets in one day is too much
On the second day of the New York State English Language Arts Test, I had to read directions for Book 2 (multiple choice), then read virtually identical directions for Book 3 (short answer/essay), and then instruct them to start with the Book 2. ????? After 20 minutes of set-up they were burned out and confused before it even began.
3. It's too long
Whatever information can be gleaned from 6 days of testing could be done in four. The first day wasn't so bad, but on the second day.....the children knew just how long 90 minutes was going to feel. And despite my best efforts to keep things light, I had two students feeling ill and need to go to the nurse.
4. A Math Test should assess MATH
And not be focused almost exclusively on reading comprehension. The test should provide feeback on whether or not a child knows that particular SKILL. Not their experience with the format of the question.
5. All the tests should be made public after the testing session is complete
Taxpayers and parents have a right to know how the children are being assessed. We pay a lot of money for these tests. Why the secrecy?
Simply said, I am glad they are over and we can get on with our actual goal - learning.
Disclaimer: Before someone comes to cap my knees..... I got the picture above from a pdf of the Teacher's Directions available for inquiring minds to download here.