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  •  You are assuming the tests are valid and (11+ / 0-)

    relevant to the standards.

    But, I'm allowed to talk about the tests since I'm a teacher, and teachers have to sign a form saying that if we disclose anything about the tests, we lose our licenses.  

    During our training session last week in which we were once again told about all the awful things that could happen to us if we messed up with any of the proctoring requirements or disclosed anything about the tests, and we signed the form, again, I did ask if I was allowed to at least say, "The tests suck."  I got permission to do so (to roars of laughter and applause), so:

    The tests suck!!
     THEY SUCK!!!  THE. TESTS. SUCK!!!!!

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    by bkamr on Thu May 08, 2014 at 06:20:08 PM PDT

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    •  I taught "disadvantaged, low reading level student (3+ / 0-)
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      s. Many of them would play "connect the dots" on the scan trons. They just didn't care about the tests and wanted to finish early so they could put their heads down and sleep.
      It was very, very difficult to get them to care about their scores, especially when they really never found out how they did on the tests.

      That is why the tests are meaningless and will always be so. The students never find out how they did and an attempt to explain their scores to them the following Fall was just wasted breath.

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

      by Temmoku on Thu May 08, 2014 at 09:11:34 PM PDT

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