Tag Archives: testing

Common Core Tests: Educational Malpractice for Students with Special Needs

Dear Mr. and Mrs Gates: This is what is gong on in every county across the country as students with disabilities are forced to take tests they are not yet ready for and have not learned the content: In about … Continue reading

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“You have shackled me as a teacher.” – says Kentucky BAT.

Dear Mr. Gates, You have shackled me as a teacher.  My shackles consist of pre-, post, diagnostic, proficiency, state, and district assessments.  These shackles are held together by ‘review for The Test’, ‘prep for The Test’, ‘administer The Test’ and … Continue reading

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I cannot continue, in good conscience, to push these little ones to such stress levels that they do not WANT to come to school. — Teacher Who Quit

Dear Mr. Gates, I would like to believe that you have children’s best interests at heart, but I’m concerned that you are so high up in your ivory tower that you can’t hear what those of us who live under … Continue reading

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High Stakes Tests – Anesthetic to the Human Mind

Mr. Gates, Since you have heavily invested your foundation’s money in policy initiatives promoting high stakes testing and standardized education, I have a question for you. What is your conception of the human mind? This question is important because education … Continue reading

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I have seen from both sides of the schoolhouse door how the absolute obsession with standardized testing has affected our children.

Dear Bill and Melinda, I have been a teacher for 25 years. I am also the parent of two daughters, ages 18 and 29. I have seen from both sides of the schoolhouse door how the absolute obsession with standardized … Continue reading

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“Engaged” Virginia Teacher Speaks Truth about Measuring Student Engagement

Dear Bill and Melinda, I can probably help you out with your research regarding student engagement. If the student is asleep because he stayed up all night listening to his father beat his mother, not engaged. If a student is … Continue reading

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Real education reform would focus on ____________

Dear Bill, Someone posted something on Facebook today I have to take issue with here. The post suggested the math skills learned in high school are not applicable in real life. Actually, we use the skills taught in math classes … Continue reading

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