Giving tests–the California Standards Test, DIBELS, Woodcock-Johnson NU–all week to my special ed students has made me wonder on more than one occasion just what I’m trying to prove. Okay, I’m a little worn down. By the end of next week I will have given the End of Year (EOY) [...]
Heard during this week’s California Standards Test:
Student 1: This is easy.
Student 2: They want us to pass this year.
It sure seemed like it. Though my students still struggled with the English language test, unless I’m completely delusional (and I might be), the math test seemed [...]
Dear Ms. W.,
Thank you for:
-Always having patience with our son, S.
-Not overreacting when he shouted at his classmates or the couple of occasions when he hit them too. He didn’t mean to. He was very possessive of his best friend R. When R played with [...]
Giving this crazy effed up CST test to my courageous students has put me in mind of this short story by one of my favorite authors. Enjoy:
The Spirit of America
By Vincent Precht
Boys and girls, please be seated and let me have your [...]
Read this thoughtful post on The Pitfalls of Personalization. As an mClass/Wireless Generation newbie I am interested where this technology will take us. On the one hand, I am fretful: will my creativity/judgement be stifled? Will WG be used to judge me ala VAM? On the other hand, [...]
From the Washington Post
The District’s public charter schools discriminate against students with disabilities — especially those with significant needs — in their admissions policies and often steer them instead to expensive private schools, special education advocates contend in a complaint filed Thursday with the Justice Department.
Arne Duncan claimed that Katrina was the best thing to happen to New Orleans schools. Parents of special needs kids beg to differ.
Ever since the RSD (Recovery School District) took over the city’s failing schools after Hurricane Katrina, some parents have complained about an admissions process made [...]
Read this heartbreaking piece by Bárbara Renaud González about the a junior high in Texas and tell me standardized testing isn’t destroying this land.
There is no natural light inside the school, which has no windows. There’s a school cop who roams around with handcuffs and a [...]
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