- A teacher at a Title 1 school in Shelby County
My older son took the one for 5th grade last week. He said he was unable to finish it. When he went back to modify an answer much of what he had typed would disappear. He had to retype several sections. My third grader is taking it this week. I am so happy teachers are speaking up about this!
- from a parent regarding the TCAP/PARCC Writing Assessment
I am concerned that there is not a parent guide for the writing assessment and no one can answer simple questions about scoring. I even contacted the TN Commission on Education and was told a parent guide would not be available until May and my questions on scoring went unanswered. Don't you think the state should be able to answer basic questions on how the writing assessment will be scored BEFORE it is administered to my child? This is craziness.
- from another parent regarding the TCAP/PARCC Writing Assessment
Why parents don't realize our children are being given so many tests and surveys now in public schools:
- we are not informed about the tests
- we are not informed of demographic questions or surveys asked without our knowledge or permission
- we never see the questions or the results because these tests & surveys are given on computers
- we trust our children's teachers and principals to teach them using appropriate materials and tests, so we didn't know we should ask
- some test assessments have fun names like Discovery, Voyager, and Thinklink, so parents were fooled into believing they were educational enrichment, not assessments used to discriminate and pigeonhole our children, in some cases trumping their teacher's judgement.
Things are changing, though.
Teachers ARE bravely speaking out and telling parents the truth because they want what is best for children, and they know these tests and Common Core are not it.
The TN Momma Bears published a blog called "A Teacher Sends a Loud Message. Parents Hear It." In less than 48 hours, their article has been read by over 165,000 people and it has over 18,000 Facebook "likes." The Momma Bears say they can't keep up with all the parents and teachers responding to them through their website. Parents are waking up and are alarmed and concerned. Read the Momma Bear blog to find out why parents are worried and what some parents are doing about it. (Click HERE to read the Momma Bear blog)
Do not believe what the TN Department of Education PR staff is spinning, because it is not an accurate view of what is truly going on in our children's classrooms. Parents are being excluded from the equation, and that is a huge mistake.