"Article very innovative and well-thought.
"Can you tell me what a kindrgardner should know before he can pass to the
first grade !!?? thank you ,jan"
"I live in Tennessee, my children attend school 180 days. There are almost two months of school after tcaps are taken. Parents and teachers feel that this is wasted time, and the test should be closer to May instead of late March early April window. In order to have more instructional time to prepare for tcaps. Can the our state test (tcaps) be moved . "
"I feel the standards are set too high. Not all students are test takers. Then to find out they can't walk with their class if they are not Proficient when all along they pass the subject and sometimes be on honor roll. Then they are told they have to take a 2 week summer course or stay after school for 7 weeks. What a way to bring someones self esteem down! Go 13 years of school to look forward to the day you walk with your class to get your diploma and then to be told, Oh your not Proficient! The stress level is too high for these kids today for what is expected!"
"None of this focuse on individual child needs!! My child has failed the Math portion of the TAKS 6 times and will not graduate soley because of it. This has crippled any hopes she has for the future in terms of getting a decent job! Too much emphasis is being placed on managing the schools and none on helping the child - all she has heard from the teachers every time she failed is 'sorry to hear you didn't pass' - no plans were put in place to focus on her to make sure she passed the next time. Nobody called me to involve me in any sort of remedial plan - thanks lawmakers - you are really not helping these kids at all!
You've certainly left MY child behind - she has little or no future now without her diploma that she's worked so hard on for 12 wasted years!
Another very angry parent!"
"Those exceptional student should have an different programming for them as soon as there is a sign that shows this student is an exceptional student because to standardized them is to hold them back to reaching to there highest potential. The standard program is good for the students who is struggling and those who needs some motivation so that they would have something to work toward. Just a thought"
"my daughter needs i.e.p.
now they are going to raise the standards again i heard as-of 10-23-07 where there mainstreaming all kids for science & socail studies & maybe other subjects.
uping the standards are hard for some children & they will be left behind!"
"I wish my private school had had some standardized testing. It wasn't until I attended public high school that I understood how low/non existant the standards are in private school. "
"Standards are desperately needed for private schools, esp. in SF, where conspicious consumption rules, but the education, in private schools is sadly inferior. The public schools do a great job, have very high educational standards. But the private school children here tend to be very ignorant and bigoted (but great shoppers!)"
"I feel that the standards and curriculum recomendations are important in keeping the students and teachers on a well established path. However, it does not mean that just because you may be a minority or socio-economicly deprived in some way that the others children in the class should be neglected. This happened to my daughter, a blond-haired, green-eyed little girl, from a nice neighborhood. She was assigned to a school in a neighborhood, just after we moved, that contained a very high percentage of minority students. Out of a class of 28, she was one of 7 that did not speak Spanish, and there were 6 that could not speak English at all when they started in August. The teacher spoke no Spanish, and was not allowed to attempt to translate for the children. As a result, my daughter's reading problems were overlooked and disregarded. When I approached the school for help, they told me to send her to private tutoring; that because she did not qualify for the school tutor!
ing program, I would have to pay for it myself. The program was only for minority students in the lowest income brackets. Now, I realize that disadvantaged students need help, but I don't see why the rest of our children should be deprived at the same time. We have since moved out of the school district, and now have my son and daughter both enrolled in an elementary school with gifted and accelerated programs for all students. I had to appeal to the placement staff to advance my daughter to 2nd grade, as the other school had simply given up and retained her. Her math, science and social studies skills were all 2nd and 3rd grade level, but her reading scores were low. 'No Child Left Behind' wasn't supposed to mean 'hold them back if they lag so they can fit into the next group'. It was meant to encourage educators to recognize ANY student who may be at a disadvantage, no matter what color their skin is, or how much their parents earn."