Mention state testing to parents, and you are likely to get a variety of colorful responses and reactions.
What if your child studied his/her heart out for a state final only to find out it wasn’t going to count this year? Well, that’s what’s happening here in Florida for a few of the state administered math tests, which typically account for 30% of the semester grade. Read all about it here:
I don’t have a Middle or High Schooler, but I have had umpteen conversations with a few annoyed parents about the EOCs (End of Course Exams) that were administered this month. And these were all conversations BEFORE the test and BEFORE this news. Kids didn’t know what to expect. The material wasn’t properly covered in the classroom.
Not sure how I’d feel if I learned the test wasn’t even going to count. I’m guessing the information brings happiness to some, who no longer have to worry about the tests’ impact on their child’s GPA. And then there are those who spent hundreds of dollars on tutoring to prepare for the test. My guess is they are pretty miffed. And how about the child who was hoping to boost their class average by nailing the test? Agh. And then, there’s the whole question about the lack of test vetting or validation.
So many things to discuss. Would love to hear your cheers and sneers on this one!