Sunday, October 5, 2008
Well, we've just had another staff development day, and since I teach at an N5 school (listed as needing improvement for five years under the federal NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND Act) we spent most of our time trying to figure out how to improve our students' performance on the standardized tests. Unfortunately, we are spending a great deal of time trying to figure out how to fix a problem that we can't even touch. The students have no motivation to pass the tests. Most of them don't even try to answer the questions. They sit and randomly bubble answers. What happens to them if they don't pass? Nothing. The school fails, but it doesn't affect them at all.