Faculty meeting

What she wore: grey pants, white long-sleeve tee, black leather slides.  Boring!

Today we went to a faculty meeting after school–the news was "interesting."
 
In Arkansas the kids take a standardized test called the ACTAAP which is specific to our state.  They also take the Iowa test which is taken all over the nation and which is used to compare our students to those in other states.  We focus on the Benchmark since that is the test used for No Child Left Behind. We’ve often wondered why we even bother to give the kids the Iowa test since we never look at the results or used them in any diagnostic way.   
 
Two days ago the Board of Education bent to political pressure and decided that next year we will start using the Iowa test instead of the Arkansas Benchmark.  Movers and Shakers in the natural state want to compare our kids to those in other states more accurately. 
 
Our principal is pretty sure they’re going to be lookin’ real hard and this year’s scores as well.  Essentially, the test we’ve been prepping the kids and ourselves for for the last seven months has now been rendered pointless by one political decision.  Agggghhh!
 
Now I’ve got to go get some information on this freakin’ Iowa test!
 
KM
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About takedeux

In one summer I had a baby who was hospitalized for five weeks, quit my job, and moved back to my hometown. This blog is about starting over.
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6 Responses to Faculty meeting

  1. Unknown says:

    Ding! Ding! Ding!  You are correct!!
    My roof is leaking again…does your Mom do roofs??  If not, I\’ll be climbing up there again!! 🙂  UUGHHH!!  Sorry that all the prep you\’ve done is being pushed to the side.  I know that has to be so frustrating. Have a good night!
     
    Ashlie

  2. Jaysey says:

    Ahhh…the joys of standardized testing.  Best of luck in re-prepping all your students!

  3. Tracy says:

    It seems like they coulda waited for this decision until you started prepping for NEXT year\’s testing, instead of now, right after you\’ve prepped them for the different test. Ah, politics!!

  4. Carol says:

    As a mom one of my biggest complaints is too much time testing and teaching the test and not enough time teaching.  I\’d imagine that it takes a lot of the fun out of teaching.
    ~Carol

  5. Alicia says:

    So, Katy, tell me why I am more mysterious…your comment intrigues me….
     
    HUGS!!  🙂

  6. Laura says:

    I never understood all of those tests. I was lucky enough to not have to take them to the extent they are done now. But, it seems like it takes away so much time for teaching. Instead, now we are trying to cram information the kids will forget next week.
    Seems like a waste…

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