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  •  The best teachers are usually the ones who (4+ / 0-)

    reject stupid tests like FCAT because they know most of it is useless. Teachers in multiple grade levels actually have to take time and tell students, "ok guys, we have to stop learning real stuff because we have to learn FCAT stuff". (I've actually had teachers say that to me). It's just a way they can destroy the public school system, because charter & private schools are not required to take the FCAT to pass high school, but public school is.

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    by Guile Of The Gods on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 10:45:17 AM PDT

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    •  In my experience (2+ / 0-)
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      the public school teachers who rejected and ignored stupid tests like the FCAT were those lucky souls who had a bunch of students who they weren't concerned about whether they could pass the test.
      Honors students.
      GATES classes.
      The kids who were a grade level or two ahead of their peers in reading and math, and who already had good test taking skills.  
      Kids who could have sat for the tests at the beginning of the school year and aced them with no instruction at all.

      Now, most of those teachers were also good teachers, but it had nothing to do with the test. They were good teachers because it's hard to keep up with bright kids and less good teachers who accidentally got assigned those kids went back to regular classes the following year, or parents put pressure on the school to assign good teachers (often by name) to their little darling's class, and, because parents of these kids tend to be very active and assertive, the principal complied.

      It is, as you say, all part of destroying the public school system, because in the public system, the bulk of the tax money goes straight into salaries and operating expenses, with no profits for  shareholders or corporate executives making exhorbitant salaries. Besides, Wall Street can't take a public school "public" and play games with their stock price.

      "The problems of incompetent, corrupt, corporatist government are incompetence, corruption and corporatism, not government." Jerome a Paris

      by Orinoco on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 03:03:51 PM PDT

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