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Our opinion: School achievement

February 12, 2013

Amid the daily negatives of life and news — because one begets the other — there were two instances of positive reports regarding Warren County schools recently....

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Lifelongresident

Feb-12-13 8:49 AM

Are we sure it's not magic?

Do most people realize if you have a student in 6th grade and it's determined that this student only reads, or spells or does math at a 3rd grade level that they get graded at the third grade level and not the 6th grade level?

So you have a 6th grader that can't read, spell or do 6th grade math problems that get's 97% in those subjects because they do so well at the 3rd grade level.

Knowing this... anytime I see improvement numbers I assume it's magic.

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oldgran

Feb-12-13 9:14 AM

Lifelong...On what do you base your opinion? I have lived in the WCSD for more years than most in this area, and I've never heard of this.

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Lifelongresident

Feb-12-13 10:15 AM

Let's just say I know a first hand occurrence of this. There are some teachers that post on here once in a while. Let's get their take on the matter.

Here's my concern... if a teacher get's reviewed and rated on student grades, wouldn't they have incentive to give out good grades? Now I have no idea how teachers are rated, so this may not be an issue but it concerns me.

I'm also not sure how the state test plays into all this, but we've heard before that teachers focus on teaching to the test.

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fivealive

Feb-12-13 8:55 PM

Lifelong, in my experience, a child's work has to be at grade level unless otherwise specified in an IEP, etc. Standardized tests are given at grade level, regardless of what the student's current actual level is. For example, my son is actually functioning at a third grade level but is in fifth grade. Adapting his work is specified in his IEP, however he will take the 5th grade state test at the end of the year.

Only on very rare occasions are students given a different state test than the one for their grade level. If a different test is given, it has to be justified in an IEP, district paperwork, etc. There is no magic.

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Lifelongresident

Feb-13-13 9:59 AM

I'm still not sure. So you don't dispute that their grades are based on the level they are at and not their actual grade.

But the state tests are at grade level you say, okay good. But is the magic that they then teach strictly to the test so those types of students get decent scores?

I'm not saying this is the case, I'm questioning if it is.

Thanks for the feedback Fivealive.

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