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  •  I haven't an issue with the standards for ELA (3+ / 0-)

    They aren't radically different from what I am used to working with. I do have concerns, though.There are still standards that are difficult to assess properly, such as speaking and research. These are important to teach and teach well, but in the era of high stakes testing, if its not on the test, it is given short shrift.
         Also, I am concerned about the jump to yet another standardized test. Too much emphasis is already being placed on reading and math in the lower grades to the detriment of everything else. Yes, standards in those subject areas will alter that to an extent once the test is developed for that area, but not until then. In the meantime, districts will focus on tested subjects, which is overwhelmingly just reading and math.
         And I worry, too, about non-core subjects like foreign languages, art, music, business, health, etc.  and national standards are being/to be developed for them, but again, until there is a high stakes test to go along with them, they will be ignored.
         What  happens if (when?) the money runs out to develop these national standards in other subjects?  Will they just be forgetten?

    How can this be good for kids?

    "If they give you ruled paper, write the other way" Juan Ramon Jimnez

    by Teiresias70 on Thu Jul 19, 2012 at 12:43:36 PM PDT

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