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Saturday, March 7, 2015

Testing Season...One more reason for kids to hate school!








As we turned the calendars to March, our next season is quickly coming upon us.  But, the warmer weather and the sunny days of Spring take a back seat to the real season about to unfold... TESTING SEASON!  After a brutal winter, citizens look forward to opening their windows and doors to let in the fresh air and hear the birds singing. This year will be different though.  Fresh air is being replaced with the stagnant air that happens while sitting and taking test after test after test, and all that is heard is the clickity-clack of computer keyboards, the sound of #2 pencil lead filling in test bubbles, and the frustration of students who await the next round of tests. (Allegedly, some of which are said to be meaningless.)



For public schools in Illinois, students will take the PARCC Test for the first time this month.  Allegedly a low stakes test. (Read: meaningless) This session is comprised of five days of testing for the first round.  Then in April, students take the NWEA Test, the test that currently counts for all things important in the grade school system.  After this, can the students breathe a sigh of relief?  No!  Round Two of PARCC testing arrives in May. (Allegedly still low stakes, allegedly still meaningless.)





I took the PARCC practice test at home and all I can say is I am glad I went to school when I did.  If anyone is feeling "in the mood" to see what is going on today with Common Core and PARCC, just click this link http://parcc.pearson.com/practice-tests/  I'd love to hear what you think about this low stakes (meaningless?) test.  No wonder so many states reversed their decision about giving this test.





In related news...

CPS announced that it will be extending the school year until June 19th for the students because of the days CPS closed for inclement weather this winter. According to CPS they value highly the instructional time in the classroom and they want students to receive their full education.  It's amazing how a couple of days off for bad weather can be detrimental to the students' education, but taking standardized test after test after test for weeks at a time over a period of a few months has no negative affects.  


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11 comments:

  1. Meaningless? Allegedly? Come on! This Common Core crap....Read PARCC backwards - ccrap is crap! I want a good education for my children, but no politician, businessman, or teacher who had a hand in writing this BS even sends their kids to public schools. Why can't you be honest and say that this is being done to DUMB DOWN our kids for no understandable reason. I love your blog, but as a teacher, you should be telling us more! Hands up...don't educate!

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  2. Meaningless? Allegedly? Come on! This Common Core crap - read PARCC backwards...ccrap is crap! All I want is a good education for my children, but the politicians, businessmen, and teachers who created this BS don't even send their kids to public schools. Why not tell us the truth that all this is doing isDUMBING DOWN our kids for no understandable reason. I love your blog, but being a teacher, you should tell us more. Hands up, don't educate! And by the way, doesn't this all take away from real classroom time where teachers really teach?

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  3. you bitch. if it were not for our politicionns who care about our childrens educatioon they would be as stupid as you.

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    1. i take it you were a public school student.

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  4. I'm going to go ahead and make the suggestion, as an educator, that you, Anonymous, spend less time insulting teachers and more time learning from them. Perhaps they could teach you the value of respecting another person's opinion without the cowardly act of hiding behind a keyboard and resorting to name calling. And when you've learned that lesson, perhaps you could move on to spelling. I know "education" and "politicians" are tough ones, but in time, you'll succeed.

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    1. So Mrs. Koehler I take it that you are ok with wasting real education time with this useless test and correcting MY SPELLING.Where do your children go to school? Is it fine with you to waste their time with this PARCC?

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  5. Of course not. I think the endless testing is ridiculous. It's a waste of time. It assumes that all children are robots who learn in identical ways. It forces teachers to focus on answers instead of real learning

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  6. Furthermore, it shows children that all schools are interested in are test results rather than fostering a love of learning, reading, thinking,mad problem solving. My children attend school all over the place. I may not be a mother, but I am a teacher. Hundreds of my students have gone on to colleges and to grow up into mature, caring, and productive adults. I hear from many of them regularly. I can tell you that none of them thank me for making them good test takers. And quite frankly, I'm glad about that. Instead, they thank me for teaching them to read critically, or how to speak up for themselves, or about how history is about people rather than a series of names and dates found in a multiple choice exam. I am grateful to them for teaching me how to care for someone else's child as if he or she was my own. Those experiences are never achieved through testing. So to answer your question, no, I'm not okay with PARCC of any other kind of standardized test. But I can say that without insulting people. And for that, I thank my teachers. You know, the ones who didn't care about testing either.

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  7. It should read "and problem solving."

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  8. Well, if today was any indication about what the public thinks, the PARCC test is NOT a favorite. Over half of the students where I teach "opted out" for the first day of testing.

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