District API scores best of any large school district in the state
Original post made on Sep 9, 2011
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on Sep 9, 2011 at 3:41 am
Congratulations! Our kids can take tests! What kind of problem solvers are they? And what does this data mean when CA is near last in student achievement? Are the we best of the worst? Get rid of the standardized testing. It doesn't measure student achievement on anything except that test. If the time was spent on developing the whole child, and teaching applicable skills outside the classroom-think what those results would look like? A proficiency test doesn't tell us anything except that our teachers have become masters at teaching to that test and that our kids' creativity and passion for learning is being stifled by these tests. Talk about the Race to Nowhere.
on Sep 9, 2011 at 7:17 am
Good news. I want my kids to be able to do well on standardized tests. I don't know about you, but I want to know my doctor did well on tests. I want someone to explain how you don't 'teach to the test" in math and science. Looks to me like the teachers in the SRVUSD are being held accountable and doing their jobs well.
on Sep 9, 2011 at 2:43 pm
Who doesn't want their children to do well on the tests? I think the OP's point was that there's too much money, time and emphasis placed on a test that doesn't measure anything but a student's test taking ability. Wouldn't you rather see your kids solving real world math problems and science labs? Developing writing skills by actually writing and thinking and using grammar correctly in a sentence instead of circling in a bubble that indicates which one is the correct answer? SKILLS that will be used post-high school. As for comparing a medical test for a dr to a standardized test for a 2nd-12th grader-that's absurd. Along with that test-the doctor is required to pass clinicals and rotations. The standardized tests pretty much happen in a vacuum. Last year, when my daughter actually worked on projects (post test time) she wasn't graded on them, there was NO Educational value to them, they were just activities to keep the kids busy until the end of the school year. The system is failing as long as we continue to celebrate pseudo-student achievement based on an API number. I cringe when I hear the principal at my daughter's school celebrate the API score.