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Old 02-26-2012, 08:25 PM
 
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Starting this year all Texas schools will give the new tests.
As far as I can gather it will be a more rigorous test, requiring higher level thinking. It will tract kids much earlier for whether they have college ability or whether they might consider trade careers. I looked at some STARR example questions on the TEA site. It's definately tougher.
This is going to be interesting..... To be honest I am very happy that education in Texas will be taken to a new level....TAKS was absolutely useless. The child could have minimal knowledge of the subject, but as long as they could "bubble" they could get Commended or Perfect scores.
Even though testing takes away from real education. This STARR testing will be more meaningful.
I wonder how on earth are the 3rd and 4th graders will pass the STARR test in Pearland with the homework and classwork I am seeing coming home. My child attends Silverlake Elementary. For reading the teacher reads a story then gives a multiple choice reading comprehension test . She reviews author's purpose, text organization and genre. It is the same thingevery week. This is tied into what will be on the test I guess. He also works on narrative and expository writing which is what will also be on the test. As far as Language Arts it is not really what I expected for students to learn in Language Arts like for example, compound sentences, predicates, subjects, articles, adverbs, preposition etc. The students are practicing editing sentences. This is also tied into the test. The homework is basically busy work, copies of TAAS practice test in Science and Social Studies with 27 different math problems and one or two math sheets with the same problems. The only thing I see going on in this district is building up student's stamina to pass the state test, but the teachers are using information from the old TAAKS test. I see students statewide unfortunately, doing pretty bad on this test because the teachers can't teach to this test. They will next year. I am deeply disturbed by what is going on in this district. My only option at this point for middle school is to select advanced courses or pay for private school. The regular curriculum is a joke.
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Old 02-26-2012, 08:30 PM
 
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Cypresstosocal, You sound like a positive parent. Your son is gonna be just fine. The kids that won't be fine are those whose parents believe that it's the school that makes the kid or the teacher that makes the kid. Always worrying about the schools rating not realizing the school ratings mean nothing if the kid doesn't know squat. Giving your child full, wide ranging, diverse childhood experiences Is what really prepares them to suceed in life. That doesn't mean stressing them out running from practice to cram lesson, to practice.
Reading about different people, places and things. I know you're onto that already.......

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Old 02-26-2012, 09:01 PM
 
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aww, well thanks! Just hope our kids don't end up in therapy as adults, we are good parents, darn it! Funny you should say from practice to cram session, with 3 baseball practices a week, I feel like that's what we do! I hope they have reading passages about sports to keep the boys' interest, ha ha!
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Old 02-27-2012, 10:51 AM
 
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STARR= more government Guinea pig educational experiments on public school children.
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Old 02-27-2012, 11:04 AM
 
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Tuesday night there will be a live TV forum with a q & a session about the new test for anyone who is interested in watching. Also, I believe you can call in with questions.
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Old 02-27-2012, 02:12 PM
 
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When will people ever realize that true learning has nothing to do with standardized tests?

Standardized tests are created to give the school a good image.

It's all about money, not helping the students truly learn.
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Old 02-27-2012, 03:10 PM
 
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When will people ever realize that true learning has nothing to do with standardized tests?

Standardized tests are created to give the school a good image.

It's all about money, not helping the students truly learn.
Between the testing companies and the real estate developers, kids don't stand a chance.

My grandkids go to schools that do not give these silly test.
Years ago, some moms up east decided to keep their kids home on test day.
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Old 02-27-2012, 03:15 PM
 
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The best thing about being in education is that you know no matter how hard you try, the vast majority of people will think you are wrong and incompetent.

You always know where you stand.
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Old 02-27-2012, 03:20 PM
 
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The best thing about being in education is that you know no matter how hard you try, the vast majority of people will think you are wrong and incompetent.

You always know where you stand.
If the good people of Texas could just get rid of all those low income minorities, it would be great.
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Old 02-27-2012, 05:59 PM
 
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If the good people of Texas could just get rid of all those low income minorities, it would be great.
Totally unnecessary. Why so negative, small minded, uninformed, and prejudice. for you!!
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