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BWA-HA-HA

Filed at 5:58 pm under by dcobranchi

I’m betting that this is one invitation which will remain unanswered:

The Michigan Merit Exam will take place in March. The South Lyon Community School District would like to invite eleventh grade students that are “home schooled” and who reside in the school district to take the exam at South Lyon High School, a national test site.

Why would any home educating family want to take the state accountability tests?

12 Responses to “BWA-HA-HA”


Comment by
Audrey
November 30th, 2006
at 6:24 pm

Why would any home educating family want to take the state accountability tests?

To blow the curve and then have a wicked laugh about it later. heh heh. *evil grin*


Comment by
Bonnie
November 30th, 2006
at 6:47 pm

Why would any home educating family want to take the state accountability tests?

They can obtain free ACT scores along with it. I believe more homeschoolers than we might think will bite into this one. Free vs. $29 to take the ACT will lure many in, I am betting.

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Comment by
Bonnie
November 30th, 2006
at 6:50 pm

Oh…and qualifying for the Michigan Merit Award will appeal to many. And if a student wishes to take the ACT with the writing test it will save them or the parent $43.


Comment by
Spunky
November 30th, 2006
at 9:06 pm

Why would any home educating family want to take the state accountability tests?

I know MANY homeschoolers who have taken this test and some who will be taking it this March. That school district is very near my own. They will have plenty of takers. The carrot of money is too much for them to pass up based on a silly principle like freedom. It’s not just $29 but the scholarship which most get is too much to pass up. I’ve blogged about this before and emailed people to get the to understand what is going on. Few minds are changed.

For the sake of a morsel a man will transgress and sell his children’s future to the state.


Comment by
Bonnie
December 1st, 2006
at 6:46 am

For the sake of a morsel a man will transgress and sell his children’s future to the state.

Very well put. This is the very thinking by which our family refuses to send our kids to the local high school for even driver’s ed. We hear, “Aw, c’mon…it’s free.” Free? Having to jump through extra state-governed hoops is never free!

No thanks. They can wait 2 extra years and we’ll leave DNPE out of our homeschool business, TYVM!


Comment by
Nance Confer
December 1st, 2006
at 8:55 am

If the hsers are going to take the test anyway, for their own reasons, what difference does it make where they sit to take it? Or does taking it at the school involve more tracking or invasion of privacy than this snippet suggests?

Here, I always remind people who want to test that having their children go to the local ps to take the FCAT is not a great idea because it is the least flexible way of doing annual evaluations. Not that the school magically takes over their children’s minds or anything. But the scores are reported directly as the child’s annual eval with no chance for the parents to review them first (and go for another type of eval if their child had a bad day). The parents have much more control over the process with the other types of evals.

But I don’t see how this is the same sort of issue. . . what is the fear?

Nance


Comment by
Spunky
December 1st, 2006
at 12:15 pm

Nance taking the state wide test involves a Work Keys component as well as the ACT. Our state uses the ACT and Work Keys together to comprise the MME. That is the part that tracking and the invasion of privacy issues. The state wants ALL students to take the test for that reason.

As far as the quote, it’s not quite original it’s the Spunky education version of a Proverb.

(By the way Daryl, your comments is acting funky. I don’t get a comment box under every post when I click on comment. I wanted to comment on the NC issue but it wouldn’t let me..)


Comment by
Nance Confer
December 1st, 2006
at 3:35 pm

Work Keys component as well as the ACT. Our state uses the ACT and Work Keys together to comprise the MME. That is the part that tracking and the invasion of privacy issues.

**”Work Keys” ?? This is something that asks for personal info beyond what you would expect??

Nance


Comment by
COD
December 1st, 2006
at 4:16 pm

The comment box is held up waiting for Gravatar to time out.


Comment by
Daryl Cobranchi
December 1st, 2006
at 4:29 pm

Yeah– And I can’t figure out how to disable gravatar. It seems it’s a bit of a roach motel.


Comment by
Spunky
December 2nd, 2006
at 10:27 am

A sample question on the Work Keys that I have read would be something like, (not exactly wording but close)

It’s 5:00 and your boss asks you to work late to meet an important deadline, but your child has a concert tonight that you really shouldn’t miss. What would you do?

Or

You’re working on a project that seems to conflict with a principle that you believe what would you do?

There are also more mundate questions like write a business letter telling someone their shipment will be late to test basic writing skills. But both types of questions are mixed in the exam, the state officials when asked will focus on the business letter type question not the other. And because you are not allowed to see the exam as a parent, even after a grade is given you’ll never be the wiser. What I’ve learned is from children who are tuned in to the questions and see the difference.


Comment by
Nance Confer
December 2nd, 2006
at 12:28 pm

So these are workplace skills questions? Or am I supposed to be reading something more sinister into them?

Not that I see how you could get a “right” or “wrong” answer to these samples. . . .

Nance