ELA TESTS - DAY 3
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My district wanted me to go to scorer leader training at Boces next week, but because our district sends out the tests to be graded, Boces sent me an email explaining that I cannot be trained on how the test is graded because as a non-grader it would hurt the "integrity if the test". Obviously, this is another example of the lack of transparency that surrounds these tests, but it also is contradicting to Tisch's false point last night that teachers can build curriculum around these results. If how to score an essay for the ELA is something teachers can't even be trained for, how can we help the students who still have to take these tests. Obviously, I am passionately against these exams, have rallied against them in several locations and opted my own children out. But I am still trying to do my job.
As teachers, we keep trying to get ahead of these standards and find a way to attack these tests fairly and they keep upping the game. It's another example of their obvious lack of transparency and the "gotcha" factor that are destroying the art of teaching.
I regret to inform you that we will need to cancel your registration in our Scoring Leader Training for ELA (April 20-21) and/or Math (April 28-29) due to the fact that your district is sending the tests out to be scored. The state has confirmed that this training is ONLY for those involved in directly scoring the tests. This is necessary to maintain the integrity of the test. Your superintendent and assistant superintendents have been notified. We will take care of cancelling your registration here at SWBOCES.
We recognize the need for professional development around the test and the state expectations. We are committed to providing you with multiple professional development opportunities in these areas as soon as the state releases approximately 50% of the test this summer. Once this release occurs, courses will be made available in My Learning Plan for both the summer and 2015-2016 school year.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused for you, but look forward to learning together soon! Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.
Supervisor of Literacy and Learning
Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
Book excerpt from 4th grade test today:
Fourth grade day 3 passages from WHICH WAY TO THE WILD WEST BY STEVE SHEINKIN Lexile 940
HATTIE BIG SKY by Kirby Larson Lexile 700 but lists interest level grades 6-8
The extended response yesterday had to do with the architectural design of roller coasters and their height and why cables are used instead of chains as they were in the past. I forget specifically what the bullet points the kids had to hit on to answer the extended response but they had to talk about how cables are better than chains, also something about how the architects work together to plan out these designs, and something else that I can't remember. It was ridiculous though and very difficult for a 4th grader. None of the kids that I tested were able to answer this hitting all of the points they asked for. They knew that the cables made the roller coaster go higher than it would with chains but could not tell how they worked together in planning and building these newly designed roller coasters for height.
6th Grade ELA VOCABULARY WORDS-
My son said the third day of third ELA had an excerpt from a book called an American army of two. I googled it but found nothing
He said the content was hard and it had rhetorical questions in it. They were asked why they thought the author asked questions of the readers. He read at a fourth grade level in first grade. He gets 4s on reading in report card. He was so frustrated that his eyes well up with tears. The teacher said she was so sorry but couldn't help him and he understood. He said he felt like they were not real questions?? He took the test alone with a teacher away from the rest of his class. He does have an IEP.
When a friend of mine first expressed her resentment towards the state assessments, in the fall after the first year they were administered ( we are in the throws of our third year), my thoughts were the following, some of which I was vocal about, some of which I was not: Okay, you are very disappointed that your child didn't do well. You are upset that there's nothing you can really do about it. Kids have to take tests. That is what we did. It's part of life. My son didn't do well either, but I know these tests, in particular, don't mean anything.
I always went to a Catholic school, I have always been a rule follower. Nothing wrong with that. You trust that the powers at be know what 's best. It has always been the case for me, and it worked. However, I have also learned that not only can you be weary of those you trust, but that sometimes you have to question things a little. I understand, fully, the attitude of the parents who's child has no reservation about taking the test, and does reasonably well. I also understand not really caring one way or another, especially if it doesn't affect my life. Writing this now, I can shamefully say I have no idea about what is going on in Iraq! This particular topic hit a nerve with me. That's all.
Are we lazy as a nation? Don't we want to keep up with everyone else? Forgive me for being redundant if you've heard it, but it really is like comparing apples to oranges. We are being compared with other countries who don't have pockets of poverty like us - areas that can't afford tutors, and resources that pay for little science kits with a special tool and magnifying glass to study rocks! It should be okay if we are ranked a little lower as a country. Let's get over ourselves. It's too much of a price to pay to literally torture many kids and their families.
I proctored the 5 th grade. Day 1 and 3 were awful. So labor intensive. The 3rd grade post was accurate it was so hard. There was a passage about swagger. Yes, swagger. Also a part about the drive thru bank. How many city kids even know what that is? One of my co-workers eyes filled with tears when her students left the room