I’m currently involved in administering standardized tests to fourth and fifth grade students. Educators often have a love-hate relationship with testing, and it’s no different here. Testing is difficult for a lot of kids; it stresses them out, and it takes time away from actual instruction.
Given that testing is difficult for older elementary students (and even older students), Mother Jones is asking why in the world the Bush administration has been giving tests to four and five-year old students in Head Start programs?
Okay, I understand you want to measure the success of the program (or use the results to try to get rid of it), but this is not the way to do it. In fact, according to the article, the test has been found flawed and unreliable by the Government Accountability Office.
Mercifully, Congress stepped in this past fall and voted to discontinue the testing program for Head Start students. You can play in peace, kids.