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  •  I agree completely, but the diarist's (3+ / 0-)

    suggestion that the testing is the sole fault here is... let's say, extremely shortsighted.

    I would also suggest that if this scenario is actually true, diarist has a duty to report it up the chain to a superintendent and/or board member and possibly elsewhere as well.

    Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

    by elfling on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 07:25:43 AM PDT

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    •  In my experience, the results of the tests (0+ / 0-)

      were never returned soon enough to provide any insight as to how to improve "education" for the students. Any attempt at "remediation" or change in instruction always arrived a year later with no analysis as to what a teacher could or should do to help the students out.

      Knowing that student X needed vocabulary work and student Y needed math skills and that student Z couldn't answer inference questions, really didn't help a classroom teacher at all when there are 30 to 35 other students in class all needing something else, especially when the test was given 6 months ago with a summer break inserted.

      The information was virtually useless in a school with a 25% or great transition rate as well. And test results were often not readily available when a student transferred to a different, school district or a different state.

      While the premise is, supposedly, to "help" the students, the school districts publish the results as a school "report card" and show ranking or comparison with other one has to wonder why all the testing at all when nothing is really done with the results except to determine which schools are "failing"?

      Character is what you are in the dark. Emilio Lizardo in Buckaroo Bonzai

      by Temmoku on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 07:00:47 AM PDT

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