Testing Culture in Public Schools

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Registered: 01-08-2009
Testing Culture in Public Schools
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Sat, 03-22-2014 - 8:03pm

Now that conservative commentator Michelle Malkin is all up in arms about excessive testing and our school children being used as lab rats, do you suppose I'll be forgiven for seeing and naming the issue a decade ago?<http://m.columbiatribune.com/opinion/columnists/revolt-against-the-testing-tyrants/article_8e237030-b167-11e3-9846-10604b9f6eda.html>

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Registered: 02-24-2010
Wed, 03-26-2014 - 1:29pm

On the NCLB scale, many of the schools are failing in my district.  And I believe Socieoconomic issues are a driving factor, I'm sure there's data on it, for which schools in my town are in lower SES areas, I saw a list once and it pretty much correlated to that.  We also have a huge huge huge diversity of culture/languages in my disrict.  My kids' elementary school had at one time students speaking a variety of 17 languages that they spoke or their family spoke, the district is 100 different languages spoken in our students' homes.  The school I grew up...I'm pretty sure it was mostly just the 1 language, there were definiately no English language learners.  

Recently a study came out with a list of the most diverse high schools in the US and my children's 2 different schools--both on it. Diversity is good for many reasons that most people here could probably discuss.  But it causes a lot of issues with learning and with barriers in communication also.  We have a large population of students moving from one school to another frequently and a huge program for students whose families are homeless.

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