(Sorry this is long and I kind of ramble and rant, but I get SO MAD just thinking about it that I can't think straight!)
Before school was out for the summer, I had my oldest son tested for honors classes for next year (6th grade).
This is the child who has been bored since Kinder, the child who by three could count up to 17 objects without pointing to them or touching them (which I didn't realize was a big deal until a family friend who has her masters in early childhood education freaked out over him doing it. She was running him around the restaurant we were in, having him count things, and said he was so smart it was scary.)
Anyway, we get the results of the testing back, and they say "your child will be best served in normal classes" OK, I'm not agreeing, but I'm looking at the percentages they have listed, and yeah, some of his are lower than the medians listed, so OK. I don't agree, but OK. Let me mention real quick that we moved here halfway through the school year this year, and he got "pass plus" on all three of his state tests this year - without having been here for most of the curriculum.
Anyway, I pull out his results again a few days ago, trying to make sense of things - when I finally see that the scoring matrix they use includes the state test scores FROM LAST SPRING. Since we didn't live here then, they put NOTHING in those fields. Hello, this is why his percentages are way lower than the cutoff! (And honestly, for science, they use all three of the state test scores - math, reading, and science, and WITHOUT ANY of those, he's only 13.75% too low to qualify for honors science. 13.75%! With THREE ZERO scores! W....T.....F.....????)
I've submitted an appeal, including his state test scores from this spring, his state test scores from our previous state from last spring (he tested "advanced" in math and reading, "proficient" in writing, being one point away from advanced there too,) his report card (lowest grade was an A-) and pretty much a demand that he gets into honors for language arts and science because I say so or else....LOL
If they still deny, I think he's going to do online, although I've read plenty of bad about them too AND my other two children will freak that they have to go to school and he doesn't. Ugh. I just don't want him to have to continue to do work below his level because they couldn't consider his scores fairly.....
Ugh. I really didnt think it was going to be this hard. When did we lose all control over what our children learn? *I* say he needs honors, at the very least in LA and science, why isn't that good enough?