Grades

    Re: New KRA
    pksped

    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