3. NY teacher, here. I see the damage with my own eyes. Saw it today.
We just finished a week of ELA tests followed by a week of math. Next week, science. The kids are fried, or panicked, or despondent. They're also getting so tired of it, they're not really taking the tests seriously.
So, even if they don't formally boycott the test, they boycott it passively by just marking up the paper randomly, and handing it in.
Kids will eventually figure out when they're getting screwed by adults. It's only a matter of time.
This shit's gotta stop. It comes directly from our NY state legislature. Like they know ANYTHING about kids, learning, or testing.
This is politics: We've sold our kids to the multi-national corporations that already own the rest of the world.
Plus, the tests are incorrect, misleading, confusing, too long, and not on grade level. The kids, themselves, told me today that there were questions that weren't even taught this year. Stuff they'd never heard of, and I teach in a 90th percentile lilly-white rich public school with a pretty good gene pool.
This shit's gotta stop. If I had a child in school now, I'd refuse to allow her to take the tests and keep her home. That's the only way they'll give up squeezing our kids for pennies.