Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Achievement Test, Some Took it, Some Didn't

Great job to the students that took the Ohio Sixth Grade Reading Achievement Test. Sorry to those that didn't get to take it, but your version of the test hasn't arrived yet. In an unbelievable move last week, the Ohio Department of Education told our district that students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) had to take a certain "version" of the test. And, because we hadn't received these yet, these students could not take the test with their peers. Even though most of these students spent every minute of every class in the regular classroom, they are excluded from testing until "their" version arrives.

Now, supposedly this test is no different that the other versions ( of which there are several), but for some reason, which was not explained to the district, all IEP students must take this specific test. These will then, without a doubt, be graded as a group.

For more information regarding this law read the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, also know as No Child Left Behind. Basically this law requires schools and districts to focus their attention on the academic achievement of traditionally under-served groups of children, such as low-income students, and students with disabilities. The whole purpose of this act was to guarantee that all students achieve and are treated equally. It makes a teacher wonder why our Ohio Department of Education claims to be supportive, but then forces IEP students to all take a specific version of the OAT. Oh, and by the way, students will take the test whenever they arrive.

You can read more about this in the Columbus Dispatch's article State Goofs, Prints too Few Tests.

11 comments:

Kari w said...

The math achievement test was EASY! Although there was only one hard problem I think I got it right! I bet I passed with flying colors easily! It was like taking a 5th grade test!

I like taking achievement tests because they're a challenge! This year the math test wasn't much of a challenge though!

Molly VanCuren said...

I think I may have flat out Aced my math achievement test. I know I may get a "B" at the most in Reading because I didn't get to finish some extended responses.

Emily S (em n em) said...

I think that the Achievement tests was were EASY just like Kari said. Also I think that some of the questions were kind of hard but for the most part it was easy.

Just like you said Mr.McGuire that we all would tell you that it was easy and that we could do it. Well here it is. That test was easy. You made everything make since. Thank you Mr. McGuire your AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!!

Dimitri h. said...

The whole achievement test was easy thanks to Mr.McGuire and Miss Bowlby. You teachers made this test feel like pressing the EASY button ha ha!! Then again THAT WAS EASY!!!!!

jennie b said...

I think i did good on both tests! But I didn't finish one extended response on the reading test. It was the last one to. I think they were really easy though. I took my time and I whipped through it like nothing (I didn't go to fast).

Mr. McGuire you were right I did it and I wasn't even nervous!!!

c.j. said...

The math test was really easy! I have to give a thanks to Mrs. Bolby for teaching me a lot of math. Thanks to Mr. McGuire for not stressing me out.

THANKS

Michael H said...

I hope every body did good on the Reading and Math AOT test

collin said...

I didn't take the AOT test yet.

kyle f said...

I like taking achievement test because when you get done and over with you don't have to stress about not passing it. Here it goes, Mr. McGuire you were right, this test was easy. I would like to give a special thanks to Mr McGuire and Mrs. Bowlby for teaching me things so I would pass the reading and math achievement test.

Bree G. said...

i didn't get to do the test yat

Mr. McGuire said...

Micheal, Collin, and Bree,

All you can do is do your best on Monday. I know you guys will be fine. Just focus, follow the Top 10, and you will succeed!