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    I recently had an interview for a long-term substitute teacher position in which the principal interviewing me asked what I knew about data and RAFT data. I told her what I knew about types of grading scales and that I'm keenly aware of the importance that students score well on the CSAP (Colorado's testing). But...

    My question is, what wa...See More
    And so are the teachers and the schools. When will 'the powers' learn? When will they ever learn!!
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    Jo On 6/03/11, j.e. wrote: > And so are the teachers and the schools. When will 'the > powers' learn? When will they ever learn!!

    Yes, your kid is more than a test score. It would be fanstastic if every school and every teacher REALLY focused on identifying and remediating the students that were below grade level so when they left schoo...See More
    Jun 4, 2011
    CC The work world is changing. Some companies now have group "interviews" to see how well you get along with a group of workers. I know BestBuy uses this technique.

    On 6/04/11, Jo wrote: > On 6/03/11, j.e. wrote: >> And so are the teachers and the schools. When will 'the >> powers' learn? When will they ever learn!! > > ...See More
    Jun 4, 2011
    We take the Terra Nova in Chicago Archdiocese Schools. The test does not accurately reflect what my students are capable of doing each and every day!
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    Pat Our school has given the SAT in the spring for almost 20 years (K-11). Now it is switching to the Terra Nova for the upcoming school year. Has anyone had experience with both so you could give me some insight into any similarities/differences.
    Jun 23, 2011
    Marie I have the same questions Pat. Just curious, are you an ACSI school?
    Jul 11, 2011
    Is anyone here using standardized assessments aligned to the Common Core standards? Pros/cons? I've heard that they will be more technology-based and given throughout the year. (As opposed to our current tests here, which are almost entirely multiple choice and given in April.) It seems like these changes are not so much due to the new standards th...See More
    I taught new skills several weeks ago and explained in great detail how to do something. Most wrote the information down on paper. Recently, I had a student ask me about the skill. I explained it all again. Instead of students referring back to their notes, they wrote everything I did again on paper. When I noticed this, I told them to go back a fe...See More
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    muse yes, they are! I really wish the school would eliminate these "freebies" and just have parents provide cheap ones. Maybe I'll buy a truck-load of them this year for my students...

    On 6/04/11, j.e. wrote: > I hate duotang folders!! At least, as a 'working' notebook. Even if > you had a different duotang for each category, they'd lose ...See More
    Jun 5, 2011
    Karen M. I feel so old...We were required to keep one large spiral bound notebook for EACH subject, both in jr high and in sr high. Of course our parents had to buy them for us. My public school didn't provide notebooks, or pencils, or anything else (this was in the 70's). So require your students to buy whatever system you think will work the best. Use tho...See More
    Jun 5, 2011
    I found in the years that I have been teaching, you have those that care about the test and those who do not. No matter how hard you work on teching them the material they are just tested out. I had students this year that were done in 15 minutes. They don't care. But then you have those that become anxious and have test anxiety and don't do well e...See More
    We work so hard all year and there is so much pressure for the students to do well on these standardized tests. We had ours this week and two of my kiddos show up unmedicated. I wonder why I care so much when no one at home seems to care.
    VET I can understand why you are so frustrated!

    On 6/04/11, aud wrote: > We work so hard all year and there is so much pressure for > the students to do well on these standardized tests. We had > ours this week and two of my kiddos show up unmedicated. I > wonder why I care so much when no one at home seems to care.
    Jun 5, 2011
    Michele One of those "grit your teeth and deal with it as best you can" moments... they seem to occur so very often in our profession!!

    On 6/05/11, VET wrote: > I can understand why you are so frustrated! > > On 6/04/11, aud wrote: >> We work so hard all year and there is so much pressure for >> the students to do well on thes...See More
    Jun 19, 2011
    Does anyone else out there use this system/program for running records and reading assessments? I'd like to see what your opinions are, or know if you use something different.

    This is our first year using MONDO, so our learning curve has been steep. First time ever doing running records for Kindergarten students. Used to DIBELS, but not th...See More
    In my state the method of interpreting ST's changed unfairly in one year.

    My school had always been rated 5 on a 1-5 scale and deserved it.

    Then the rocket scientists at the state dept of ed changed the rules.

    Now, the rating depends on the scores, but MAINLY on the PROGRESS the school makes with the scores from year to y...See More
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    Michelle On 6/08/11, School Psyc wrote: > That is very similar to the problem with reporting AYP. Schools > that are already at the highest level can't go up, so they are > considered failing in that category. This makes no sense. > > On 6/05/11, Jo wrote: >> Since you wrote alleged I will say, if what you say is true, >> it isn't...See More
    Jun 16, 2011
    sci-saxet And if the total pass rate for say....8th math is 95 percent, but a sub-population such as eco-disadv is 78 percent your rating is based on the lowest number!

    On 6/16/11, Michelle wrote: > On 6/08/11, School Psyc wrote: >> That is very similar to the problem with reporting AYP. Schools >> that are already at the highest leve...See More
    Jun 17, 2011
    When I was growing up, my teachers taught us the skills to be able to pass any test that was thrown at us. Nowadays, we are teaching the children how to pass a test. I have literally seen teachers teaching from previous tests! When I was student teaching, I was taught to create my own lesson/unit plans based on the state curriculum. Teachers seriou...See More
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    Glenda 4TN On 6/14/11, Mae in Texas wrote: > > > Here is something I've learned over time in regards to state > tests. Kids who are above grade level can pass no matter what. > Kids on grade level need a certain amount of exposure to the > test. They might be able to read and comprehend the content, > but the questions trip them up. They ...See More
    Jul 21, 2011
    Teacher In Texas, kids can pass social studies tests with pot knowing history if they know what happened in certain years or decades, iif they can interpret maps, tables and graphs. passing ELA and reading tests are harder. Kids have to know vocabulary, reading skills and writing skills. In some grades they have write a story or essay on topics in which th...See More
    Aug 15, 2013

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