How about TEST SCORES?
At Lindbergh Elementary School in Ken-Ton, the first thing you see are test scores. Here are the pictures:
Back in September of 2014, the district sent out a memo to all middle school teachers that said, “Our district and school student achievement results reveal that a large percentage of our middle school students are not achieving proficiency on state ELA and math examinations. It is, therefore, required that every ELA and math teacher in grade six (6) through eight (8) begin implementing the NY State ELA modules and math modules beginning Tuesday, October 14, 2014.” The district shifted to the use of scripted modules, instead of teacher designed lessons, simply to get higher test scores. The district put test scores ahead of children. The result has been a drastic reduction in learning for our children. Here is that memo and the district goals:
The district’s ‘Vision’, according to their website, is to “Be the premier school district in New York State by 2020.” I think we would all agree that TEST SCORES are NOT what makes a district premier. Here is a list of what the district should really be focusing on instead of test scores: collaboration skills, research skills, life skills, debating, reading out loud, public speaking, sociology, three dimensional thinking, respect, critical thinking, self-awareness, historical literature, current literature, planning skills, charity, philosophy, geography, keyboarding, empathy, foreign language, cooking, sewing, woodworking, math, enjoyment of learning, art, morals, trust, theater, intrapersonal skills, relationship management, ethics, self-confidence, music, history, physical education, health, ELA, spatial relations, naturalism, teamwork, work ethics, self-control, freedom, playing, science, creativity, psychology, technology, trust, business, government, and integrity.
OPT-OUT of the STAR tests and NYS tests!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Our children deserve it!!!