Re: New KRA

    Im so glad to read your post, as I am feeling the same way! My
    kids have been assessed enough already! The KRA is terrible. I
    have no idea how to assess some of the observations because many
    of the items are not something kids do naturally!!! What is the
    ODE thinking??? My poor students are losing quality teaching
    time because of this insane assessment!!!

    On 9/14/14, pksped wrote:
    > I am going for training tomorrow for the latest and
    > greatest preschool mandatory ODE testing tool. After the
    > changes I've heard about with the KRA, I am afraid...very
    > afraid.
    > I'm offended that ODE says that the new KRA is to determine
    > the quality of preschools in the state....yet they keep it
    > so super top secret that they won't even tell us what is on
    > it. And as you know, K teachers aren't supposed to talk
    > about what is on it, either. If it is to determine quality
    > of preschool programs, THEN ADMINISTER IT DURING SPRING K
    > REGISTRATION. This current plan is like giving the 5th
    > grade OAA in August/September of the child's 6th grade
    > year.
    > On 9/13/14, becky wrote:
    >> The new OHIO KRA is a nightmare to administer. The ONLY
    >> way it would work would be to have a sub in the room and
    >> test outside of constant distraction. OR bring in a
    > testing
    >> team to administer test while the teacher resumes
    > teaching.
    >> -It is ridiculously time consuming.
    >> -You are expected to test and maintain meaningful
    > classroom
    >> activities (mind you I have 24 kids - no -help - it is
    > the
    >> beginning of the year - many of my kiddos NEVER had a
    >> preschool experience.
    >> -the child being tested has a hard time focusing in the
    >> classroom.
    >> -It is overkill - and gives little useful information.
    >> -The test is a state money-maker at the kids expense.
    >> -I am a seasoned teacher and this test tells me zip - and
    > I
    >> haven't found one kindergarten teacher who feels
    > differently.
    >> -We do it because it is mandated - but not one K-teacher
    > I
    >> know sees its value. Sum it up: Insane