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26 August 2014 @ 08:40 am
Testing 1, 2, 3...and PK and K and 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 19, 11, 12  
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/08/25/a-school-systems-stunning-standardized-test-schedule-for-2014-15/

I think I might be tempted to home school my kids if this schedule is any indication about the lack of instruction that will take place in classrooms in Florida. What is NOT on the schedule is the amount of test prep that will also need to take place before each test (and then after each test for remediation for those who do not clear the bar).

This is the entry that completely took my breath away and made my head hurt: Florida Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Assessment Period 3 (AP3). Pre-assessment for PK? What next? Tests for 2 and 3 year olds (can they be far off with the new emphasis on preschool?)?

I think the comment that nailed it had a suggestion that every single legislator (and I would add school board members at local and state levels) be forced to take every test for a designated grade level. I would take it one step further and demand they also sit through the test prep. Let's see how many eager test-takers there are.

Today is the first day of my 25th year at the university (and my 38th year in teaching). I have not ever taken this many tests over my career as a student including my 3 college degrees. I cannot imagine students having to sit for so many tests. I would LOVE to see the research that demonstrates positively that all this testing helps kids learn those standar4ds Jeb Bush and his cohorts (in crime) are so fond of defending.
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