Madness

It is that time here. Standardized tests.

I teach second year ESL kids. Some of them are in an American school for the first time. They are required to take the same reading test as kids who have been in the US all their lives. This isn’t really even amazing to anyone anymore. The chance that they will pass the state score at this level is 0.

It is little to no surprise that most kids just click through the test and say “I’m done!”in 15 minutes. They read at a first grade level (at best), and the test is for 10th graders, and many 10th graders cannot pass. Never mind the nearly 50 questions with intense reading. Never mind that they don’t usually know the word for “scroll bar” before the test but our monitors are so small that they have to scroll all over the place in 2 different windows to take this test. Just never mind.

High standards are good, and I can even get behind some standardized testing. But agreed with a coworker this year, who when we saw the testing schedule said “Phew! With all this I won’t have to write more than 3 lesson plans this year!”

It is true, our ESL kids have to take 3 and a half standardized tests just for their English proficiency annually to comply with state and federal standards. They are not short tests.

In other news, A said for the first time tonight “I love you!” over and over and clapped each time. It was awesome.

A continues reaching only now she is looking at me saying “I love you mommy!”

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  1. Mrs. T says:

    We want pictures when it’s finally done! The standardized testing of the ESL kids is pretty much par for the course. It’s nuts. NCLB has got to go.

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