Special education teachers are used to administer small group sessions for most grade levels (regardless of what grade level they teach). Some teachers administer dozens of testing sessions. This takes away time to provide pull-out specialized services. Special education students do not receive their allotted services during many testing windows. This is true for intervention teachers as well. Assistants are off of their schedules which disrupts classrooms that aren’t even testing. Many times accommodation information was not provided enough in advance. New information was shared with staff the day before testing began. Parents were notified of accommodation changes mere weeks before testing began. Families were concerned about their child not receiving accommodations that they receive on a daily basis. It is difficult to watch children struggle with the format and/or tools of many of the tests and not be able to help in any way.
Teacher February 24, 2016