If the schools are to be held accountable when scores are low (end of grade) testing, why are the children that have passed their classes held back?
WHAT IS THE TRUE PURPOSE OF THE END OF GRADE TESTING? CHILDREN ARE NOT BEING TAUGHT ANY THING OF SUBSTANCE. THEY ARE BEING TAUGHT TO TAKE THE END OF GRADE TESTS. CHILDREN CAN NOT BE MEASURED SOLELY ON THE RESULTS OF THE eog. MY BELIEF IS THAT THE TEST SHOULD BE USED AS A TOOL TO SEE HOW THE CHILD HAS PROGRESSED FOR THAT SCHOOL YEAR. AND IF THEY SCORE LOWER THAN OTHER CHILDREN IN THEIR GRADE THAT THINGS SHOULD BE MODIFIED FOR THE NEXT YEAR. CHILDREN ARE VERY NERVOUS WHEN IT IS TIME FOR TESTING. THEY ARE BEING TOLD THEY HAVE TO PASS THIS TEST IN ORDER TO GO TO THE NEXT GRADE. SOME OF THESE CHILDREN ARE A OR B STUDENTS THAT MAY NOT PASS. WHAT CAN BE DONE TO HELP THE CHILDREN.
I can't speak to your particular regional issues but basically the testing is to insure that all children are at a quantifiable level of educational knowledge for each grade level. If a child can't keep up at higher grade levels then it takes increasing levels of resources to help the child cope. As they get more and more out of their depth, additional one-on-one work and tutoring is needed which (A) costs money and (B) means less teaching time for other kids. If you dumbed down the test because children weren't passing then you'd be dumbing down your entire curiculum.
Overall though I think that standardized testing tests a kid's ability to take tests, not their knowledge. The purpose of getting grades in the first place is to let each teacher individually assess the abilities of each student. By definition if kids passed their classes they were ready for the next level. What can be done? Write your congresspeople and tell them that you prefer teachers to teach and government to focus on something useful, like balancing the budget.