Overall, I do think my principal did a very good job. The testing pace was completely nuts, but the state demanded data. She had to produce data. Oh my, did we produce data. We were drowning in data. I turned in my last, mostly-nonsensical bubble tests on the day after school ended.
At the high end of the learning curve, though, I believe we also saw some solid results. The low end fared much more poorly, but perhaps that issue can be addressed next year.
Eduhonesty: I can’t blame the woman at the top for this madness, not in these uncertain times. If she’d tried to go against the data flow, she would have been fired or at least let go at year’s end. We live or die by numbers nowadays — whether those numbers reflect true gains and losses or not. She delivered the numbers.