Organized Chaos offers a very sad story about a 3rd grade student at her school who has already learned to fear the test.
I was asking the girls if they were excited about spring break and the upcoming intersession. One shook her head vigorously. No way! I’m too nervous about SOLs.
But the tests are not ’til May! I exclaimed. You have lots of time to get ready once you come back. You need to relax and enjoy spring break!
What if I forget everything I’ve learned? I HAVE to pass the SOLs! she argued.
The day before we start spring break, when most kids are thinking more about having a week off, and this little girl is worrying about tests that are almost two months away.
In Virginia, 3rd grade is the first year our students are required to take our Standards of Learning tests.
Can you imagine the levels of test anxiety this child will have acquired by the time she reaches high school?