"One of my little boys was so upset, he told me he was sick and then proceeded to FORCE himself to throw-up, hoping I would call his mom!!!! Why are we doing this to our students? This is not developmentally appropriate and as a matter of fact, when I googled "compare and contrast two texts" to get some ideas of how best to prepare them, do you know what came up in my search? "Tenth grade, tenth grade, tenth grade.....""
(This was posted anonymously, with permission, from this teacher in Memphis)
TN CORE's website has sample test questions to prepare students for the new PARCC test that will be forced on students in spring of 2015. The PARCC test was given to students in New York state last year and 70% of students failed it. Parents in New York are outraged!
...but they are not outraged at their children for failing the PARCC,
...and they are not outraged at the teachers for not preparing their children.
Parents are angry at the STATE of New York for giving the inappropriate test.
And they are angry at PEARSON Publishing, too, who was paid millions of their tax dollars for the PARCC test. Even more outrageous, Pearson included brand name products embedded in the PARCC test questions!
Parents in NY are so upset that tens of thousands of them have already opted their children out of state testing, even if it hurts their child's grades.
Tennessee parents are watching New York closely. We hope our legislators are watching, too.