Hi! Michelle sent me.
Good for you on not letting her little guilt trip work. :)
Hi Michele sent me!!
Good to hear you stood up for your son! 10 Year olds shouldn't have that sort of pressure put on them it's wrong! We have national tests (SAT's) that all 7 and 11 year olds have to take...I think it's so unfair to put children of those ages through. It's difficult enough at 16yrs when the end of compulsory schooling exams (GCSE's) have to be taken and you're prepped for those for 2 years beforehand!
Oh dude, my daughter had to take a TAKS test (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) this year (she is in third grade). The first part was the Reading test (done a few months ago) and then this month, Math.
My poor little girl.
She was freaking out.
My daughters are both A Honor Roll and very bright, but she was scared shitless.
She had it circled on the calendar and was marking the days off as she got closer.
She aced the reading test. Perfect score, which was so awesome. Math results aren't back yet.
On top of the TAKS test, they also take Benchmark tests (I typed 'testes' the first time, lol) every year in order to advance to the next grade.
LOTS OF TESTS.
Anyway, I had never seen Amanda as stressed out as she was over taking this test. I even called her teacher to make sure she wasn't the only one stressing.
You can thank Bush and his ridiculous No Child Left Behind for that. If schools don't show a certain level of improvement on test scores each year, they lose funding. It's unrealistic and causes unnecessary stress not only on students but on teachers as well. Kendell's teacher shouldn't have put her students on a guilt trip, but there's probably politics going on behind the scenes. The principal may be putting pressure on the teachers, and that can get really nasty; I've seen it firsthand. This is one reason why I'm quitting my job after this school year and teaching at a college instead.
I can relate. My daughter has an upcoming doctor's appt that we waited MONTHS to get. It's with a specialist and she's going, no matter what. This appt happens to coincide with the first day of our state testing. She told her learning specialist (sped jerk) that she wouldn't be there for the first day of testing and he actually asked her what kind of doctor's appointment it was and why couldn't she move it? I waas LIVID. I wrote him an email telling him to get his frigging priorites straight and that a child's physical health is a lot more important than a ridiculous standardized test.
Man, I hate those tests.
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