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  •  I guess it depends on the School District (2+ / 0-)
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    Back In Blue, CA wildwoman

    My daughter graduated last year from a CA District and other then a handful of classes where the teacher spent a few days  going over material that was covered by the test, there was no teaching to the tests. The tests are so basic that no special prepping  is required to pass them. The kids who took all IB and AP classes typically take the subject tests years after they took those classes. For example my daughter took the Chemistry No Child Left Behind Test, two years after she took Chemistry and the Math test which only covered beginning Algebra when she was taking Calculus

    The best students in good Districts are not being hurt by the new standards as they are way beyond them. At my daughter's high school 95% of  her school passed the CA High school Exit Exam in 10th grade, which gives you an idea of how undemanding these new standardized test are.The kids being hurt are the one who struggle to gain basic mastery of the material, not the gifted students.

    •  So then why waste any time and money on (1+ / 0-)
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      the tests at all?  Why not devote the time and money to the students who are struggling to gain basic mastery?

      I'm teacher and the teachers in any school can tell you who is struggling, if they'd just bother to ask. What we need is the resources to help them, not to waste the resources on a test that will only tell us what we already know.

      The elevation of appearance over substance, of celebrity over character, of short term gains over lasting achievement displays a poverty of ambition. It distracts you from what's truly important. - Barack Obama

      by helfenburg on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 04:04:11 AM PST

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      •  I'm not defending the tests (0+ / 0-)

        I think they are huge waste of time and money. I was just pointing out contrary to what this Diary references, I don't believe the best and the brightest are going to be hurt by the new tests, as they are largely irrelevant to them.

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