Grace Evans

Assessment & Well-being

I left teaching because there were ten-year-old children in tears over the SATs in my class.

There were several other reasons why I walked away, but the SATs were my tipping point. I was incredibly stressed and felt the pressure to get the results for the kids, for the school, for myself. As much as I tried to hide my own anxiety over the tests, my kids obviously picked up on that and I couldn’t see how I could be an effective teacher for them anymore.