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Old 01-10-2008, 04:43 PM
 
Location: The Rock!
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Finally, we get some good press to cheer about!!

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Still a lot that needs to be accomplished in our schools but at least we're headed in the right direction. Imagine what would happen if our schools did what states like Maryland do and teach the test?!?! Or even tell our poor performing students to be sick on test days like Montgomery County MD has been known to do?!?! My son's school in MD pulled some of that stuff!
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Old 01-10-2008, 06:22 PM
 
Location: AR
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That's a nice step. It makes me excited to enter the teaching profession in May 2009.

Now, pay us more for entering the top 10, haha.
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Old 01-10-2008, 08:08 PM
 
Location: New York City
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Be thankful they don't teach to the test (if that's the case). That can make for an uninspiring education.
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Old 01-11-2008, 07:47 PM
 
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Yet student achievement in the grand ole' state of AR still ranks in the bottom third of states. Woo hoo.
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Old 01-12-2008, 11:19 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, AR
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Having been a teacher in Wisconsin for over 30 years, it's been interesting following the trials and tribulations of Arkansas schools. My experience has lead me to believe that the TEACHER in the clssroom is the key....not canned programs, rating test scores, trying to have one size fits all. My philosophy has always been, we rather be good than look good.

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Old 01-12-2008, 02:34 PM
 
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schools( or states) that downplay the importance of test scores as a means of gauging education are usually the first to put it in headlines when the test scores go up.

Why is this ?
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Old 01-14-2008, 08:02 AM
 
Location: The Rock!
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Be thankful they don't teach to the test (if that's the case). That can make for an uninspiring education.
I was being totally sarcastic, I think what is being done here is probably a better way to educate our kids. Yes our kids' scores on standardized tests are lower but what would these "better" states be like if they weren't giving the kids the answers?!? It's one of the dirty ill-kept secrets in Maryland, that Montgomery County (who typically places several schools in top spots on standardized test scores) keeps many kids from actually taking the tests. My son's previous school in Carroll County Maryland actually spent a few of weeks going over "study guides."

Don't get me wrong, standardized testing is important. But making it the emphasis of schooling gets us nowhere.
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