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  • When schools were places of joy
    When schools were places of joy
    Elementary school in LAUSD used to be as fun and exciting as an E ticket ride.Then along came testing.The teachers in the classrooms were as ubiquitous as obnoxious Flo from Progressive. They were everywhere giving the students time and attention,...
  • They've taken away the creativity, individualization and fun so we've become machines.
    Is the purpose of schools to get a well rounded education or to do well on tests
    Why are kids in school?They are taught to the tests following the testing calendar. They are taught in a one size fits all program where every class on the same grade and every class on the same subject is covering the same skill at the same time...
  • NCLB, RTTT, CC, Open Court, and Pacing Plans took the fun and creativity away.
    What testing has removed from the classroom:
    The great feeling a teacher experiences when a student’s light goes on when they acquire a skill they struggled with.The pleasure of sitting down on the rug and reading to or having a discussion with the class.The time to review a skill...
  • All I Learned In Kindergarten Was To Take Tests”, and how is that going to help me in life?
    Do you fondly remember Kindergarten? It no longer exists as we knew it!
    “Draw and paint and sing and danceAnd play and work everyday some.”Kindergarten was for half a school day either morning or afternoon.“Be aware of wonder.” They can’t, they are too busy learning for the tests.There is...
  • Testing robs millions from our children.
    Disastrous DIBELS is stealing our tax dollars and our students’ education
    In LAUSD, elementary teachers must give the wasteful DIBELS three times a year. This school year, it has been expanded to include fourth and fifth grade classes.WHAT A WASTE!The teacher must sit in the back or on the side of the classroom with...
  • Mentally ill disproportionately singled out for HIV testing
    Mentally ill more likely to be tested for HIV
    People with mental illness are being tested more often for HIV than people without mental illness, according to a new study.Researchers analyzed a nationally representative sample of almost 22,000 adults from 2007 that is an update of federal...
  • Car emissions test
    Tips for passing the vehicle emissions test
    The 13-county metro Atlanta region has more than 2.5 million cars that are tested for emissions each year. Georgia’s Clean Air Force, a partnership with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, recently released some tips to help...
  • Jeffco School Board discusses testing, student achivement
    Testing focus of October Jeffco School Board study session
    Student achievement, graduation rates, and whether Jeffco students are being over tested were the main topics discussed at the Oct. 16 Jeffco School Board study session. Board members also spent time discussion Superintendent Dan McMinimee’s...
  • classroom setting
    To find or not to have found an educational solution for certain individuals?
    To find or not to have found an educational solution for certain individuals is the question:Why the switch from FCAT examination to Common Core? Well to start, FCAT tests a limited scope of educational strands that were known as the Sunshine...
  • Twiiter Buy Button
    Using Twitter to buy
    Twitter is now testing the 'Buy' Button. It is starting out small. There are only starting with 28 as the number of brands, music artists and non-profit organizations that are getting to use Twitter's new buttons. They are using this...
  • 'Making the Grades' by Todd Farley
    Testing: How do we get to Fair Grades?
    Here is a link to some excellent reporting from Gary Stern of the Lohud Journal News on the creation of the cut scores for the latest round of testing, about to be released. To all intents and purposes, these cut scores are the way in which the...
  • Math Fun
    "New Math" again?
    In 1976, when I commenced my teaching career then as an elementary school teacher, we were instructed to emphasize metrics since the system would be fully adopted in 1978.Then 1978 came and left, and we were still teaching the Old English...
  • Achievements should not be based on more and more standardize testing
    Achievements should not be based on more and more standardize testing
    In regards to Testing Services, the Department of Education provides a wide range of services to Florida schools, school districts, community colleges, universities, and students including school accountability and testing of students, teachers,...
  • Hastest Solutions, Inc.
    Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski tours small business of the year
    Hastest Solutions, Inc. was awarded one of the 80 California Small Business of the Year 2014 Awards, representing Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski’s District 25. Hastest Solutions, Inc. are an environmental test chamber manufacturing company in...
  • Tom Corbett
    What are Keystone tests?
    What are these Keystone tests you hear about? Your child comes home from high school and says that the teacher told them that they have to know certain facts and pass what is called the Keystone tests in order to graduate. Students worry and...