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Question: Do you know where you child ranks nationally on standardized testing? (Average)

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97%-99%

90%-96%

85%-89%

80%-84%

70%-79%

55%-69%

40%-54%

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So in a couple of other threads ranking, labeling, test scores, and grades have come up.    THis is a hot-button topic for many and it seems that alot of us are on very different pages when it comes to these ratings, why we have them, and what they mean.  So I am curious.  Where does everyone stand?  


Jen
~ I speak from the heart because the truth is always the best - even if you don't know it yet. ~
by on Feb. 14, 2013 at 11:51 PM
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Chymerra
by on Feb. 15, 2013 at 10:39 AM

I have a 1st grader and her school doesn't test them that young. They start at 3rd grade. I do know the school is one of the higher ones in the district but falling in the middle statewide.

Momforhealth
by on Feb. 15, 2013 at 10:42 AM
You know, you could get extra time and have someone read the questions to her. Have you asked for it in a 504 meeting?

Quoting matofour:

I do. But only because the school tells us.



I don't care where they stand, as it has no bearings on my child.

One is above, one is below.



My one that's below, is dyslexic. If someone read the test to her she would score way above. But, she reads extremely slowly, and missing words sometimes. So, it affects her greatly in an instance like a standardized test.

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natesmom1228
by on Feb. 15, 2013 at 10:49 AM

I am not really concerned with it.

pcsainco
by Member on Feb. 15, 2013 at 10:59 AM
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I have no idea and am not even curious. I trust my children's teachers to assess their learning and communicate their progress to me. It's been said before, but standardized testing just evaluates how well a kid can take a standardized test. Pure waste of time for real evaluative purposes, IMO.
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matofour
by Silver Member on Feb. 15, 2013 at 11:11 AM
She gets both.

But, reading the test itself is a killer. She's spent by then. The words are too small, too close together.




Quoting Momforhealth:

You know, you could get extra time and have someone read the questions to her. Have you asked for it in a 504 meeting?



Quoting matofour:

I do. But only because the school tells us.





I don't care where they stand, as it has no bearings on my child.


One is above, one is below.





My one that's below, is dyslexic. If someone read the test to her she would score way above. But, she reads extremely slowly, and missing words sometimes. So, it affects her greatly in an instance like a standardized test.



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wakymom
by Ruby Member on Feb. 15, 2013 at 12:51 PM
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 I don't know exact percentages for any of my kids. On the one standardized test all 3 have taken, ds1 is pretty much average, ds2 is just above the average, and dd is a little above that. As for the other standardized test, ds1 is the only one who has taken it (ds2 takes it in a couple wks, and dd has another 2 yrs before she does), and again he's in the middle, average. And we're fine w/ that. We know he's a smart kid, but we're also realistic and know he's not the smartest one, and there is nothing wrong w/ that.

 

 

 

 

 

iansusie
by on Feb. 15, 2013 at 2:46 PM
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Neither one of my kids has taken standarized tests but I don't believe in stadarized testing a 100%. Not everyone tests well under that kind of pressure. something can be going on in the child's life during test week. A child might be feeling ill, nervous, etc.

M4LG5
by Gold Member on Feb. 15, 2013 at 2:52 PM
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heehee.  You are right.  If they are bored.....they must be too smart.  If they are not paying attention and not following directions.....they must be bored and, hence, must be gifted.  haha.

Like your kids, my oldest daughter does really well in school.  She missed out of being in GATE when she was in the 1st grade but has just the same amount of work and is up there with them so I don't really care what label she has.  She is doing the best SHE can and that is fine by me.  My twins are probably more average scores so i'm happy with that because they are doing the best THEY can.

Quoting coolmommy2x:

This is CM where EVERY mom's kid is in the gifted program, has a higher than genius IQ and should be skipping grades.

Not mine. He's smart and does very well in school (Honor Roll and yes, 90th percentile on state scores) but he's not gifted and I am OK with that. DD struggles in school and that is OK too.

Overall, our district scores very high on state tests and has won a lot of awards but our district has a large population so while there are a lot at the top, I know there are lots in the middle and bottom but the size of the district overcomes that (IMO).


Quoting ScarletRose4488:

I put this on here because I am frustrated with the "ranking" system.   The grading system.  Just all the pressure & compitition in general. 

I didn't even realize when I put this up last night, but looking at it this morning in the full post, it almost is disgusting.  Especially since everyone has said the highest ranking.  The only way kids can be at the top is if there are a ton of kids at the middle & bottom.  No one wants their child to be average or in the bottom.   It makes me wonder what we are doing to those kids who are there. 




Quoting thebailiffs:

Nope and it really doesn't matter to me.  I have a 1st grader.  

It really would be sad if this is how we judge our kids. They are all so unique and have so much to offer and to "rank" them is sad. 

And I am a teacher... now grant it, I am lucky to teach kids who have disabilites but they are all our kids and unique. I can't even imagine how this scoring system was set up. Everyone learns so differently and what they bring to the "test" is so different.  

I was once given a test and asked what the pointy thing was on top of a church. I was not able to answer that since I have Zero experience with a church. I am so sure this is how some kids react when they don't know the answer to questions they don't know. 


Just my two cents... 





sammyreymom
by Bronze Member on Feb. 15, 2013 at 3:18 PM

We don't have a ranking or grading system in our school.  But my dd is in second grade and she has tested out between 2-4 grade levels depending on the subject.

alexsmomaubrys2
by Silver Member on Feb. 15, 2013 at 3:19 PM

No idea and nor do I care. As long as he is preforming to the best of his ability I am happy.


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