"Ever since Computer Testing Systems (CTS) partnered with Peabody Education
following the loss of their consumers after WWII (CTS used their high
stakes tests at that time to determine who would become an officer and who
would be "gun fodder" during the war), the education systems in the USA
have been providing an endless source of income for the testing
corporations. They reportedly make bilions of dollars off of their tests
and it is highly likely that congress people who vote this stuff in are
getting a cut of the profits under the table. (Yes, this is illegal, but
this is what lobbyists do for a living). Can we extricate ourselves out
of their python-like grip. I'm not so sure. As our media generally
publishes what they are paid to publish by their owner (corporate, also),
the whole thing is inexorably "tied up". Hopefully, enogh people can see
their way clear enough to do something about this testing disaster, for
that is what it is. As someone who works in the p!
ublic school, I see the mess first hand. Thanks for listening.
"I would really like to know about my legal rights as a parent related to a
new high stakes test in Indiana that will retain students in third grade
who do not pass the reading portion of ISTEP. My son has an IEP and
received modifications for time on a test. How do we know this test is
valid given it's short life, I believe it was only tested once on a group
of students last year. How is it right to let a 40 question high stakes
assessment determine whether a kid is a third grader or forth grader.
They will make the kid take all the same ISTEPS again the following year
if they fail the I-READ portfolio of ISTEP. THis is nuts. How can I
fight it? Personally I think the state is sorting out the kids so they
can raise AYP scores, the lower performing third graders are retained and
the fourth grade scores go up along with the third grade scores when they
have to retake the test. WHO's Making money on all this testing!
"I really enjoyed this information. I am currently trying to support my 15
year old 8th grader whom took the test and failed and completed summer
school and failed. This is the second time he will be repeating a grade.
Not to mention, last year I was diagnosed with cancer and my child also
was diagnosed with a pseudo tumor on his optic nerve. he tested under all
these circumstances and then I find out...too late that with an exception
he could have tested at a later date. I meet with our local super
intendant Monday. Can you please give me some pointers. "
"thank-you for the chance to ask this question my 9 yr old daughter has
been diagnosed with language processing skills she has been getting help
in the speech room this year. however i requested a staffing for further
special education services in oct. of 08 it didnt come about until jan.
09 her teacher was pushing for add meds because of casidys inattention
the consensus at that time was that that was her major if not only problem
i got her evaluated and put on meds for add and thought things were stable
until june 2nd when her teacher called me at home informing me that the
school principal had decided to retain casidy in 3rd grade i adamantly
disagree she is 9 and started school a year after shewas eligible to begin
wth more importantly i dont think its in the best interest of my daughter
i want to know who makes the ultimate decision when it comes to retaining
a child and arent the parents concerns necessary and important? sorry
this is so long thank-you"