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  •  The information from those tests is never (2+ / 0-)
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    Sunspots, dizzydean

    used to improve instruction....point 4.

    It is only used to harass teachers, compare teachers, tell parents that their child in in which percent of the class/nation, and is never used to remediate what the student is weakest in.

    A Principal  pointed out that my 6th graders did not do well on the Math test in the beginning of the school year. I told him that I had given a times table test and found them weak in basic multiplication facts and 8 students couldn't even do 2 x 3. His reply: "It is NOT your job to teach times tables. Their parents need to do that."

    And what if the parents don't know their times tables? Or don't have the ability to teach or make their child practice because of 2 or more jobs?

    It is a vicious cycle.

    He told me that he didn't want me to spend/waste time teaching times tables or even testing them on it (so no mad minute practices!)

    So I told him that all their math tests would be similarly low.

    He also wanted 25 reasons why the students (that I did NOT have last year) did so poorly on the math test when they were in the 92nd percentile last year!

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

    by Temmoku on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 08:54:11 AM PDT

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