What She Wore: Coral/Pinkish shirt with cap sleeves and embroidery; my favorite levis; my new white shoes that I bought on Friday. Gotta hurry up and wear them before the season ends.
I had a great week learning new things, but as teachers get together we also share stories. I got to chatting with a man who’s a testing specialist for his district. Basically, he works with kids in his district who have failed the state test–kids who seem capable, but for some reason were unable to be successful.
I shared my enthusiasm for this type of work. I’m a testing nerd–I analyze the tests for trends, evaluate the skills needed to solve, I see where our kids are failing. I love trying to break down a seemingly impossible task.
The guy smiled and then told me a story. His daughter just finished the third grade. Earlier this year she came home from school and wanted to talk with her father. He described his daughter as very thoughtful. She wanted to talk about the BIG test–it was the first year that she would have to take it. That day at school the teacher had told her class that everyone had to be able to read to pass the test, and some of the kids began to cry in their seats. Not all of the students were comfortable readers yet. I can’t imagine how horrible it must be to be a third grade teacher, and have to prepare these kids for this.
The third grader told her father School shouldn’t make kids cry.
I couldn’t agree more.
For years we had what was called a reading level. This was the AVERAGE ability level of children in a certain grade. That meant that around half were below and around half were above–that is why it was called an AVERAGE. Now we want all kids to read ON grade level. Does that make sense to you?
PS: I don’t know how I forgot this–I’m going camping! I’ll be back Tues.