count2infinity wrote:I think anyone with half a brain can look at what is required for AYP and know that eventually it's going to fail. You must improve your test scores every year to make AYP. If you look at the picture with the article, you can see the scores are all hovering around 75% passing for the 3 subjects that have been tested for years and the teachers now know how to teach to that particular test. Ask any teacher out there, you got 3/4 of your students to do well on a test, are you happy? Most would say yes (or at least most from the school I came from). None of those scores are significant drops in test scores.
The science test is a disaster. Students are expected to know biology, chemistry, physics, ecology, earth science, etc. They cram all the science classes into one single test. It's hard enough to teach just one of those subjects and get a kid proficient in it, let alone 7 or 8 subjects. I honestly can't believe the system hasn't move past these tests yet.
count2infinity wrote:I can understand science being treated as secondary subject up until about 5th or 6th grade. At elementary levels there are certainly things that should take preference (reading, writing, math). They should have enough science class to show the kids what is involved in science, but you don't need to make it an everyday sort of subject. After that, I feel as though science is just as important as the other subjects.
With that being said, the test itself is still ridiculously stupid. It covers such a large range of topics that it's impossible to prepare for. It's more or less a crapshoot.
count2infinity wrote:Well the thing that worries me is if too many republicans vote straight ticket, he's got a chance.
columbia wrote:Union Backs 'Bar Exam' For Teachers
http://www.npr.org/2013/01/29/170579245 ... r-teachers
Thoughts from the LGP teachers?
MWB wrote:ExPatriatePen wrote:Something about barring the door behind you.
MWB wrote:I don't know.... You'd have to be pretty dumb to not pass the Praxis. As the article mentions, upping the college requirements would also be a good idea.