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  •  I remember reading somewhere that one of the first (1+ / 0-)
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    schools in California to be labeled failing had that happen because too many of their students had calculator-use exceptions for testing.

    The school had the choice of violating NCLB and facing potential funding cuts or violating educational disability accessibility law and having a bunch of parents class-action the pants off of them.

    Hoping and praying that the empty chairs and empty tables in th4e Middle East and Northern Africa when all is said and done are as few as possible.

    by Cassandra Waites on Tue Mar 08, 2011 at 12:26:48 PM PST

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      ladybug53, Cassandra Waites

      It goes beyond calculator use though, my son's autistic, he needs extended time to process and write, a smaller testing room/group because he is incapable of focusing with distractions, and you can't give him a bubble sheet, he'll just draw pictures in it. It's also a huge change in routine for him, the whole testing thing which comes with its own behavioral issues. This in addition to the pressure the teachers put on the kids to pass the test or fail the grade. I understand they want it to be a standardized test, but kids don't come 'standard'. Standardized testing is great for evaluating and diagnosing a disability, but when you know the child is disabled and you refuse to give them the tools they need to succeed all you're doing is destroying what little self-esteem they've managed to gain through the year.

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