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The Other PARCC - Parents Advocating Refusal on High-Stakes Testing. A 16-year-old takes the new PARCC exam. Here’s her disturbing report. Students, including James Perales, 14, leave Fort Lee High School in New Jersey after the freshmen took the PARCC test. (Chris Pedota/ via AP) Marina Ford is a high-achieving sophomore attending Pinelands Regional High School in Tuckerton, New Jersey. All of her classes are either honors or Advanced Placement. Her favorite subject is English, and she loves to read and write. She ordinarily scores above average on standardized tests — and always does especially well on the English section.

The 16-year-old says that she loves English because it “gives me the freedom to explain myself and my point of view on a subject.” [Principal to parents: ‘We don’t need to get used to this. Here is Marina Ford’s report on taking the PARCC: I am in 10th grade and in all AP and honors classes. . – You may also be interested in: Principal to parents: ‘We don’t need to get used to this.

‘The Other PARCC” — a short video about the test refusal movement. An Open Letter to My Students: I Am Sorry For What I Am About To Do To You | Crawling Out of the Classroom. To all of my precious students, I am sorry for what I am about to do to you. This week, I am going to have to give you a new test. It’s called PARCC. There will be five separate tests, on four separate days, and my guess is that most of you will hate them.

My guess is that one or two of you will be brought to tears because they will make you feel like you are not smart enough. My guess is that several of you will give up part way through the test and just start clicking around on the screen. And the answer is simple. I have no control over this. I do not agree that these tests will tell me what I really need to know about you as a learner or as a human being. And even more than I want you to know all of that, I want you to know that these tests will never tell you who you are. They will not show how you have learned to see this world through empathetic eyes.

So if, and when, you struggle with these tests. And if you can’t remember. And then. So please forgive me. Sincerely, Mrs. Teachers: Time for Civil Disobedience. Never have the stakes attached to testing been higher. If a student doesn’t reach proficient on a Common Core test where most students will not reach proficient (a passing mark set artificially high), the student is a failure, her teacher is ineffective, and the school is stigmatized. How to counter this madness? Consider the following comments by teachers, posted on this blog: “I would encourage all of my students to post pics of the questions or tweet the questions as they remember them. And another: “Two years ago, a teen in NJ committed suicide after learning that he failed to get a passing grade on the standardized test that would allow him to graduate.

I wonder if the test had absurd questions and wrong answers. Like this: Like Loading... High Stakes Testing Makes Surveillance Necessary. By Anthony Cody. Pearson employees may be off for the weekend but when they get to work tomorrow they will find they have a big mess to deal with. The news broke on Friday that Pearson has been monitoring student social media, and has worked with District officials in several instances to ferret out and reprimand students who they Pearson feels have carried out an “item breach.”

Pearson stated that the student had posted a photograph of a test item, but that part was untrue, according to the school official who raised concerns about this with her staff. According to Bob Braun, his blog suffered a “denial of service” attack after the post was published, making it difficult to access. If that is true, someone with some powerful technical skills is working to defend Pearson’s reputation. But the site is back online now. Here is Pearson’s official explanation of how it monitors social media. Pearson was also featured as a “case study” by one of the services they use, a company called TRACX.

Patty Sisco: STAAR has gone too far in special ed. Imagine you’re told you must take the auto mechanic certification exam next month even though you’re only in the introductory course. Of course you are totally unprepared; you have been placed smack in the middle of the final course, skipping all the courses in between. Ready to ace that test? Ludicrous, right? Oh, no, not according to our esteemed state legislators who crafted House Bill 5, a revolutionary education bill that includes the relatively new STAAR exam that Texas students seem to have failed miserably since its introduction three years ago. This year for the first time, special education students, who have previously taken modified tests more suited to their different abilities, will take the regular test with “accommodations.” But the content of the test will be the same for all students.

That change doesn’t just affect how special-needs children are tested; it affects how teachers approach their education. How did the War of 1812 affect the U.S. economy? Teacher: How New Jersey Is Trying to Break Its Teachers. This letter arrived from: Douglas McGuirk English Teacher Dumont High School Dumont, NJ My Testimony about the AchieveNJ Act: The AchieveNJ Act is certainly doing its part to make a convoluted mess out of the art of teaching our children. In this testimony, I will address the most readily apparent of its many problems: data collection, Student Growth Objectives, Student Growth Percentiles, PARCC tests, and the new observation system.

AchieveNJ seems to operate on the fallacious principle that there is an infinite amount of time. Most days only allow for one to two hours of time not spent in front of a class. The next day, the SGO was rejected, and my supervisor told me that all SGOs had been done incorrectly and that our staff would need training. But nothing could prepare me for the amount of time I had just spent on a new part of my job that basically exists so that I can continue to prove that I should be entitled to do the other parts of my job.

No students dislike learning. Like this: 10 Year Old Speaks Against PARCC at Board of Ed Meeting. As parents boycott Common Core, a warning is issued. The Mother of a Child with Special Needs Tells of the Failures of Common Core. A Special Ed Teacher Tells Commissioner King about the Common Core. Faces of Common Core. Common Core Exposed - EXPOSING THE TRUTH 8. Common Core Exposed - EXPOSING THE TRUTH 7. Hilarious Common Core Math #WCS14. Mad World NewsAngry Mother Destroys Common Core by Writing This on Her Son’s Test. One parent let a teacher know how frustrated they were with Common Core math by writing a note on their child’s homework that’s sure to bring a smile to your face. If you’ve recently helped your child with their homework, you can completely understand what prompted this response.

Check it out: If had to give this paper a grade, this parent gets an A+ from me. Common Core math just doesn’t add up! Share this with your friends! (Source: Tickld Mobile) Glenn Beck: AR Mom Stands Against Common Core. Arkansas Mother Obliterates Common Core in 4 Minutes! A teacher describes why she left teaching in public schools... Common Core. Suffolk Forum - Mary Calamia, LCSW.