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    Re: MCT2 Practice test the new one
    Skeptical


    I also assume that Curious was referring to the first post where you
    attempted to encourage teachers to look at the brighter side of things.
    But the statement that you HAVE TAUGHT these grades, as well as your
    knowledge of the new difficulty in wording on these tests lead me to yet
    another concern.

    How many ex-teachers (retired or otherwise) are the ones who sit and
    create these tests? I am married into a family with a long line of
    educators--so I do know the wealth of knowledge that oozes from these
    priceless resources, but I also know that if you are not in the
    classroom everyday, you tend to romanticize expected outcomes. On the
    flip side, when you are in everyday, you can be in a position to
    accentuate the negative. I feel that more of a balance needs to be our
    goal.

    With several years in education now, teaching everything from inclusion
    to vo-tech to Language Arts, I seem to see teacher after teacher head-
    butting the MCT wall and to NO AVAIL!!!!Make teachers accountable--
    PLEASE!!!! But, how does it create an accountability when teachers who
    can't are just simply moved somewhere they don't have to? And why does
    our Federal and State governments expect teachers to hit a moving target
    at a greater accuracy each year? Too many times these decisions are
    being made and these goals are being set completely by those teachers
    who no longer have anything at stake. Yes, teachers are invited to sit
    in on discussions and forums where testing items are discussed; however,
    many of those teachers seem to feel that none of their concerns are
    being listened to.

    I feel that the best way to prepare our students is also the best way to
    prepare our teachers and prepare our tests--with balanace. Not focusing
    on the test everyday--but always focusing on the students!

    On 6/16/09, to curious wrote:
    > I am assuming you are referring to the first poster. I have taught
    > 3rd, 5th and 6th.
    >
    > On 6/15/09, curious wrote:
    >> I am just curious. What grade do you teach in MS?
    >> On 5/12/09, the negativity wrote:
    >>> I do think the test is more challenging, but we want to
    >>> challenge the kids more. Rather than thinking "it is too hard"
    >>> think "how can i get them there?" There is a reason we are last
    >>> in the nation........and reading the comments on this board
    >>> show part of the reason why. the test isn't going away, so find
    >>> a way to make the teaching real and get the students involved.
    >>> Don't worry about textbooks! Use the objectives as your guide.
    >>> There are a million resources for free online. Be creative!
    >>>
    >>> On 5/11/09, CONCERNED wrote:
    >>>> On 5/06/09, Susie Hopper wrote:
    >>>>> I totally agree with you also. The wording on the MCT2
    >>>>> Practice Test is
    >>>>> ridiculous and VERY wordy. By the time I finished
    >>>>> reading some of the questions, I had totally forgotten
    >>>>> what I needed to be looking for. What can we do to
    >>>>> change this? I feel that I teach my students the
    >>>>> benchmarks and that most of the students master them;
    >>>>> however, the scores I am getting on these practice
    >>>>> tests are horrible!! Are they truly assessing what we
    >>>>> are teaching or what? Thanks for your comments! Let's
    >>>>> keep doing the job of teaching our students and let the
    >>>>> tests fall where they may :)
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Susie Hopper North Tippah School District 4th-8th
    >>>>> Reading Teacher
    >>>> I THINK IT IS HORRIBLE. IT IS FOUR LEVELS ABOVE THEIR
    >>>> HEADS. IF THEY WANT US TO TEACH HIGHER LEVELS, THEY NEED
    >>>> TO GET US THE RESOURCES TO DO IT WITH, DON'T YOU AGREE?