Tag: Standardized testing

Disappointment and Acceptance: My Kid Was Rejected for Gifted and Talented Services, Again.

I had been focusing so much on my soon-to-be Kindergartener that I almost forgot about my soon-to-be second grader’s testing for gifted and talented services. In the rush this morning, I found a sealed envelope in my older daughter’s backpack. In it, I found the form letter explaining that my child is not eligible for services.

Can I Opt My Child Out of Smarter Balanced? Yes. But No. It’s Complicated.

Yesterday fellow blogger Elise posted her personal thoughts about standardized testing in the public schools and how she’s not going to let some numbers on a page impact her view of children’s real educational progress and well-being at school.  But what about the hundreds of parents who want to opt their kids out of standardized

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Common Core, DRA, MAP, Standardized Testing: What it All Means to Me

It is school conference and report card time and with 3 children in the public school system, there are a lot of numbers coming at me.  Reading test scores, math test scores, and everything in between.  Some of these numbers have been listed as “above average” and some have been listed as “below average”.  There

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What Every Parent Should Know About Their Child’s Teacher

Once again, it’s that time of year when parents everywhere walk with a little extra pep in their step. That’s right… school is back in session! My first-born will attend her first day of preschool next week. It’s definitely bittersweet, though. On one hand, I am so excited for her to have the opportunity to meet new

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