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Wed Mar 7, 2012, 12:19 AM

Mock Test Woes From a Teacher Who Opts Her Own Child Out of State Tests

elp! My principal (new to the school) wants us to give the students a mock test to prepare for the CST. It’s supposed to show us which standards students are struggling with. The tests are the released test questions. The 6th grade Language Arts mock test has 114 questions and is 26 pages, front to back. The 6th grade math mock test has 96 questions and is 12 pages, front to back. The 3rd grade tests each have 96 questions with 13 reading passages on the Language Arts test. I was literally speechless when I saw the tests, though choice words quickly followed. If I found out that my own children were forced to take a mock test like this, I would be furious. I opt my oldest out of the CSTs every year (youngest is only in 1st grade) but I wouldn’t know about something like this until it was too late to do anything about it.

It is my opinion that these tests are abusive to children, a waste of money and instructional time, and a violation of test prep guidelines.

To read the rest, go to United Opt Out http://unitedoptout.com/uncategorized/mock-test-concerns-from-a-teacher-who-also-opts-her-own-child-out-of-the-state-test/

Modern School
http://modeducation.blogspot.com/2012/03/mock-test-woes-from-teacher-who-opts.html

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Wed Mar 7, 2012, 12:32 AM

1. Sounds abusive to me.

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Wed Mar 7, 2012, 08:42 PM

2. Follow the money.

It's always about the money--longer test is more expensive.

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