how much do you care about how your kid does on state testing
So next week is the first part of the big state tests here. They have no affect on their grades. They have to pass it but not until high school and they have so many times to retake or they don't graduate. I have never been a fan of standardized tests, some kids don't test well that way and doesn't mean they aren't smart or teachers aren't doing their job. While I can see they have place to gage where class is but think looking at just that like they tend to do in rating a school isn't seeing the big picture.
This is a BIG thing here. Tests scores will be released in the fall for tests taken in the spring and list of the best schools and districts in state will come out based on this. I know there are schools that rate very high on that list that essentially teach around the test and weed out kids that won't do well.And maybe its because I am mom of a special ed kid I see it different. I think a good school is a school that educates all not just those they deem will get them good tests scores. Anyway because of the pressure to do good on these test because state also links funding to them and also rate schools based on their test scores, teacher also feel the pressure for their kids to pass. Its crazy they do practice tests leading up when they probably should be focused on learning. And they get kids like mine who has anxiety to begin with in a panic...yah thats a good state of mind to be in when its time to take a test.
No I have learned to keep my mouth shut. I was happy with his last 2 years. He passed both years but first year was in the passing but needs improvement in both reading and math and only missed profient in math by 4 points. For him who they felt in kindy would never even be able to finished that test was awesome and a great example at how well the school has served him. Last year he was profient in math and still needs improvement in english language arts but his score went up 8 points. Awesome right??? Nope again part of his IEP meeting is about his lackluster preformance. Really people we sat here 5 years ago between his ADHD, reading delays and motor skills issues and wonder would he even be able to finish a test and while yes he has accomidations wouldn't the fact they he is passing and continuely improving show you are doing something right? And I know in theory they get that but those above them and so on are just going to look at those 2 tests scores and rate his teachers and school. Also not factored in would be that they took a C and D student who is now and A and B with an occassional C.
OK this is turning into a rant but MIL was SHOCKED yesterday when I said I could care less how he does. Guess SIL is in a panick over them doing practice tests at home too.