Dear Bill and Melinda,
I am a retired special education teacher. I have gone through this agony for many years.
I have always felt that this test created so much stress for my students and was not an accurate indicator of any educational growth.
Years ago I confronted a visiting state official and asked her how they could force students who were deemed 4/5 years below grade level, to take a test that they could not possibly pass. Her answer was that no one in the state education system knew what to do with these students.
As a teacher who had to fight for everything for my students, her answer made perfect sense. I just feel for all these kids who were forced to go through this absurdity.
Retired Special Education Teacher