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    Filed at 5:36 am under by dcobranchi

    Here’s one from today’s News-Journal:

    Testing only hurts children in the end

    Here is another horror story of the incompetency of the No Child Left Behind law. My daughter is an honor roll student, graduated from 8th grade in the top seventh of her class, and has to attend summer school because she did not pass the DSTP math. How fair is this. Not only is this outrageous it is an absolute disgrace. It is saying strong and hard to these kids that they don’t care what you do all year as long as you pass this test.

    Congress needs to look at these statistics long and hard and change this law before it does drastic damage to our children. Not only does it effect them now but each parent then has to sign a form saying their child can be put in a slow class in high school for the next two years.
    If they don’t the child is retained in their present grade. My child is not slow. Please check the statistics on the eighth grade statewide tests and train your teachers. They are not teaching these children what it is they need to know to pass this test. It is our children who are suffering from this. We need to stop this ridiculous testing.

    Karen Thomas, Newark

    I highlight this letter to once again point out that NCLB does not require high-stakes testing. In fact, the law disses the concept. Congress has no power (excepting that which they steal) to make the states do anything regarding education, including high-stakes testing.

    4 Responses to “LTTE”

    Comment by
    June 27th, 2004
    at 9:32 am

    What’s horrifying is that these tests are designed for the largest possibly number of kids to pass them. My daughter struggles with math but she made a 98 on her Algebra gateway. Here is an honor student who can’t pass her end-of-term test. You have to wonder what the kids did in the classroom all year.

    Comment by
    June 27th, 2004
    at 10:11 am

    NCLB didn’t create this test… it’s roots go way back to the Carper Administration & the efforts to standardize all DE schools to one similiar curriculum plan. (not a bad idea)

    The DSTP test was originally designed to measure the schools to see what progress they were making toward that goal. That’s a serious flaw plus there is a persisitant dissconnect between the National part of the test…(kids pass that as that part is designed to measure individual’s progress) & the Delware curriculum standard part (kids aren’t passing designe d to measure the schools’ progress) Heck some schools have only started in the last 3 years to really teach to this NEW standard.

    How can our kids be OK to great national but stink at a state level?

    Some one ? decided to also use it to weigh teacher evaluations & pay raises… the UNION fought that… & countered with it measuring individual kids’ progress (thus inacting the consquences directly for them for not passing)

    Of course the kids consquences came first… parents weren’t really concerned at first as there was a shifting of delay of when the consquences were to be inacted over a few year period. So noone really rallied against the testing consquences for kids as they all believed “my kid is OK it’s the others I worry about”

    ***I was one of the few to point out the diploma flaws years before but noone else thought that it would really happen.. of course there aren’t complaints till it actually hits your kid. My son was the last class to graduate with out the teired diploma & Then I decided I’m homeschooling the youngest as I’d had enough w/ the education stupidity of a 3,5,8 & 10th grade test now being given to to all grades including K so they can track the progress of all kids.

    ( which means passing the buck at the school level & punishing the kids for failure)

    In fact what just kills me is that Delaware DOE & education fat cats were championing the fact that they were way ahead of other states as they already had this DSTP test to measure state standards in the works when NCLB came along.

    The Sec of Education was dancing to the tune of great we can expect More Fed $ faster!!!! what visionaries the Carper Adminstration & DOE are to school reform.

    Then the summer schools & Diploma issues for the kids hit & now it’s NCLB fault… as this democratic state has to blame the FED Republican government.. Even though this all started under GOV Carper now Sentor Carper in Washington…

    Comment by
    June 27th, 2004
    at 4:05 pm

    I wonder if she addressed the school and district on why her daughter didn’t pass the math test?

    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    June 27th, 2004
    at 6:04 pm

    On the last NAEP DE ranked 30 out of 51. Barely OK. Definitely not great.