Even though some of the references are different because this parent lives in Indiana rather than New York, she has hit the nail on the head over all!
This educational environment has become a pressure cooker for our kids and teachers because the legislature has decided that somehow educators weren’t accountable enough. The learning and teaching process has been transformed into a test-taking, data collecting nightmare to somehow prove accountability… at the root of which is an apparent deep distrust of teachers.
We’ve had standardized tests for a long time. But it is what is at stake when the kids take the test now that has transformed their experience.