I can definitely see how “classroom responsibilities and pressure to raise students’ standardized test scores” can prevent teachers from focusing on their leadership opportunities in the classroom. The state continues to demand high standardized test scores from all students, placing blame on the teachers if students’ scores are not up to par. With these scores looming over their heads (and potential jobs and salaries), I could see how teachers would concentrate most of their effort on preparing students for these tests rather than creating collaborative environments that support authentic learning opportunities and leadership potential.
My hope is that this will slowly begin to change. I do not understand the emphasis placed on standardized test scores when we are also emphasizing the importance of differentiation. Ironic, isn’t it?