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  •  Lucky you! (4+ / 0-)

    I'm not talking about SATs.  

    I'm talking about yearly assessment tests in basic subjects like English and Math, Social Studies, and so on, administered in every grade from third on up in my state  These tests don't affect your child's grades, but supposedly give a snapshot of school instructional success on a yearly basis.  Mandated by No Child Left Behind, Bush's Education Act, they are required by any district that accepts Federal funds.

    You wouldn't be purchasing review books for a test that meant nothing in your child's future, so you're probably prepping your high school student for ACTs or SATs, yes?

    •  In my high school (5+ / 0-)

      there are six teachers who do nothing but prepare materials and track scores of past testing and practice testing.  There are pull-outs from regular elective classes (many of which are career and vocational classes--valuable for the future) to work on standardized testing.  There are after-school and Saturday tutorials with extra pay for teachers who conduct Saturday tutorials.   Pizza is served because it gets students to come.  

      There is an outrageous amount of time and money spent on standardized testing in public schools.  I'm sure it is a coincidence that some companies who are profiting from it have owners who are friends or family members of the Bushes.  The contribution Barbara Bush made after Katrina was to Neil Bush's company that helps prepare students for testing.  

      We have many students in my high school who have consistently failed the standardized tests throughout the years, but because there is also pressure to promote them to the next grade, pass through the system.  We get them in high school years behind in skills and knowledge, but our school is dinged as academically unacceptable.

      It is ridiculous, and companies are making a lot of money from it.

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