We have truly gone off the rails in way too many areas of this country.
Punishing children. Worshipping at the altar of “all testing, all the time,” despite the damage that will do to children.
All in the name of, let us face it, not “higher standards,” but privatization of public schools and profits for the testing, software, curriculum-development, charter school industries, and the rest of the Education-Industrial Complex. 😦
These students are looking to be promoted to 4th grade in Florida. Read their stories and decide who should begin 4th grade in the fall. Are you smart enough to promote a 3rd grader?
Student A reads at a 2nd grade level, has a learning disability that was identified in his former home state where he completed third grade, he just moved to Florida and will enroll in his local public school in the fall. Since he arrived in the summer, he has not taken the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA).
Student B also has a documented reading deficiency, learning disability and ADHD. His grades have been good at his local private school, which he attends on a publicly funded McKay scholarship.
Student C reads at a first grade level but has never been evaluated for learning disabilities at his Florida public school. Tired of testing and test prep, his parents had him…
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This is punishing the kids (and their parents), and it amounts to blackmail.
There will probably be way too many parents who are too intimidated to opt their kids out, or who have drunk the educrats’ Kool-Aid, or who simply don’t care enough. But it would be fantastic if a significant portion of parents opted their kids out of the test.
So the schools are going to hold back all those kids? Let the lawsuits commence!
Manatee County, Florida, is standing by its stated policy: Third graders who do not take the state test or do not take the SAT-10 will be held back, no matter what their teacher says, no matter what kind of work they can show, no matter what. Period.
To be fair, Manatee is not the only county planning to flunk third-graders who opt out. And to be even more fair, they are just complying with a truly absurd state law.
Many researchers believe that retaining children in third grade is harmful, that it dampens students’ interest in learning, and that eventually retention turns into dropping out in later grades. After all, the students who are held back suffer humiliation.
But while researchers may debate the value of retention, no one argues that a good reader should be flunked because he or she did not take a test. What is the purpose…
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Two Florida school districts–Sarasota and Manatee–have warned parents their children will not be promoted if they opt out of state testing.
The only way to opt out of the state test is to take a state test before opting out. Alice in Wonderland?
Even students who have earned high marks all year will be retained in grade.
“Third-grade students in Sarasota and Manatee counties who refused to take the state’s standardized English Language Arts test and a subsequent alternative test will be held back, school officials say.
“District officials have contacted several parents saying that because their students opted out of taking the state test, called the Florida Standards Assessment, they must take an alternative test to progress from third grade to fourth. If students do not take the test, officials said they will have to repeat third grade.
“School districts across the state are wrestling with what to do…
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