Saturday, February 20, 2010

That time of year

State testing is around the corner. We all are nervous. Now that 83% of our students have to be on grade is a bit difficult to grasp. We have a high number of SPED students at our school. We are known for our inclusion status. My classes are about 20% SPED and 10% ELL. This year we are being forced to test students who have major learning disabilities and mental handicaps on the "regular ed" tests. It is heartbreaking to hear some of these kiddos begin to cry because they do not understand why they have to take a three day test on a topic.

The frustration really grows when for us they have been allowed to use readers or books on tape to continue vocabulary growth because their actual reading progress is slow. How can these kiddos simply discard everything they have learned to use and sit a test. Would you have made it through these tests in middle school. Sometimes I wonder how I would have done. I had NO self esteme and little support from home....

We had a good debate between us on grading today. Sixth grade, although we are housed in the middle school, is really the last elementary year. We grade our lower functioning sped on what is completed instead of the full assignment. Is that really fair in the long run?

Wondering if my grandson will be home-schooled if the system continues in this trend. I can see the positives on both sides of the arguments.

1 comment:

Renee said...

While it's good to push all kids to do their best, the reality is some kids will never be 'on grade level" esp not with social promotions.

it's a tough situation and I don't know the answer.... but testing them for 3 days is not going to teach them to read and write