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No, seriously. I have a friend. She is 15 and in the 7th grade because she couldn't pass the reading comp part of the FL tests in 3,4,5 grade. Next year, she will be 16 and in 8th grade. Can she drive to school? And all those reports of 5th graders or 7th graders being pregnant? Who can believe that those kids are really 10 or 12? They could be 15 or 17. Not nearly as scandalous.
I am also not for "social promotion", but I am pretty sure she was able to pass her classes, just not the standardized test. That's why I like living in FL and homeschooling. No tests, heck- almost no standards! If I want my kid to be an idiot, that is my right as a parent! But thankfully the real homeschool crowd doesn't do that. But I don't have my kids take standardized tests or follow some scope and sequence formula. The things that made this country great was letting people go after their dreams, make the next best widget, be faster, tougher, stronger than the other guy. Trying to make everyone the same level of crap doesn't benefit anyone. It is fostering an entitlement, hand out, take care of me generation.
I agree with FW -- it's stupid. This is one of the issues that makes me sway back n' forth on becoming an educator. I don't agree w/ it, it doesn't allow teachers to do the one thing they love to do and that's teach. Instead they are forced to "train" kids on how to take tests. Kids get nothing from this at all. UGH...I could go on and on. This is why I shouldn't become a teacher, I'll get fired the first year for causing a riot
Cortney...mom to A, C, E, L, I, and R
Here the big test each year for grades 2-11 is the Delaware State Testing Program (DSTP) The teachers spend all year teaching for this test that when the test is over in march - the kids think school is over! The law here is too - that if you don't pass the test you don't move on to the next grade. (or you have to go to summer school)
I hate standardized tests. I agree with urbanmomma - the kids are standardized, why are the tests?
Seth is taking those at school right now...
I disagree with them... Pretty much ditto what the rest of you have said..
According to the tests, my son should already be in college, LOL, but he still struggles with the day to day schoolwork... He will score advanced in every category, but still brings home Cs Ds & Fs....He is like me, he can pass any test but just can't really focus on homework and in class work...