BY SHERI NELSON, EHS Vice Principal & Testing Coordinator
“Pick a number one to ten,” said my principal. I chose seven. I had the closest number, and that is how I became the testing coordinator at Elizabethton High School. The other assistant principal chose three and was given the responsibility of afternoon traffic control. I thought this would be great because I would not have to stand out in the cold, rain, or snow every afternoon. Plus, our wonderful Guidance Department handled all of the state and formal assessments, right? Wrong.
New mandates declared that guidance counselors had to spend most of their time working with students and student services. This did not include testing. For three semesters, I have planned, coordinated, scheduled and overseen all testing in our high school. And, I’ve discovered that I love it!
Being a testing coordinator can be very challenging. Teacher evaluations are tied to test scores, which can lead to teaching to the test, high professional anxiety, and frustration for all teachers and students.
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