So…I’m assuming that unless you are A) living under a rock or B) living somewhere other than Texas, you are aware that the new high stakes testing began in Texas schools this week…STAAR. It will continue throughout the spring, and I could launch into a full blown tirade about how there is so much about the test that is just completely unknown right now (including what score it will take to pass)…but I won’t.
Instead I’ll just pass along a funny e-mail I received that I know you teachers out there will appreciate. I’m not sure if the person I received it from was the author or not, so I don’t know who to give credit to. Maybe it’s better to remain anonymous…*wink*…but either way, I’m not the original author. Now that we’ve got that straight…
Bahaha…gotta laugh to keep from crying right?!
Seriously though, I saw a segment on the news that compared a question from an eleventh grade exit test in the late 80’s (the test was TABS I think) to an eleventh grade “End of Course” STAAR exam. The TABS question was a simple graph, and they said it would not even be considered for placement on a 3rd grade STAAR test. And I agree…honestly I’ve done examples similiar to the TABS question with my Kinders…
The STAAR hypothetical question was a quadratic formula that had my head spinning…quite a difference in expectations I’d say. I won’t go there either.
So all that to say…hide yo’ kids, hide yo’ teachas…they be testin’ everybody up in here! 😛
KEEP CALM & BE GLAD YOU DON’T HAVE TO TAKE STAAR!