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!