Next week Unit 4 enters testing hell. After talking to several teachers and building administrators, I have not heard anyone use favorable words on this subject. So my internet ears perked up when I read about a possible boycott in Chicago backed by the Chicago’s Teacher Union:
Make sure you watch the embedded video – the president of the Chicago Teacher’s Union has some VERY STRONG words to say about the ISAT and offers strong support for any teacher/school that wishes to not administer the ISAT. And she makes a really good point – what good or benefit comes out of the ISAT? How are children being served by this? How does this advance education and address the achievement gap?
They have also created a petition and their current goal is 2000 signatures (1447 obtained at this moment).
To me, I am very impressed that this is not a mere knee-jerk reaction, but a deliberated, debated, even a contested decision. I don’t think Champaign would be in a position to follow suit simply because we have not had the months of conversation and wrapping our head around these things. I applaud those in Chicago who are taking their education seriously and are actively pursuing what is best for their children.
I am no fan of the ISAT or any standardized test. Ironically, as I stated in that post, the minimum pass rate should be 100% if they mean business, and this year, the final year of NCLB, the targeted goal is to get all schools to 100% AYP. The prediction is that exactly ZERO schools will meet 100% AYP. Keep your eyes open.
I told my daughter to get every question wrong. I don’t know if she will follow my advice – there is a crazy ton of pressure to get answers “right”. I am tempted to tell her to choose “A” for every multiple-choice as a “Plan B”.