The test maker, McGraw Hill, claims that the test shows what students have learned and provides diagnostic information for remediation.
However, for these students the tests in their disability area are so difficult that they have 1) no hope of passing, 2) little chance of doing well enough to get a score that would provide anything more than a generalized list of their weak areas.
Students with learning disabilities are enrolled in special education because they are not able to perform at "grade level" in their area of disability. The purpose of special education is to provide extra support for the students so that they will be able to learn as much as they are capable of.
Simply put, the standardized tests that we are giving is not appropriate for all students. There is no one-size-fits-all curriculum or test.
Now, when we're not testing it's my job to help students who, while not identified as learning disabled, have difficulty in their classrooms. I help them with reading and writing...sometimes with math. Some of the students I work with are eventually identified as learning disabled and an IEP is written. Others improve with a lot of hard work on their part and on the part of their parents and teachers.
So, the bottom line is this...
I have 33 years of teaching experience, a master's degree in elementary education, a reading endorsement (specialization), and a Reading Recovery certification.
I'm not working with students who need my help because I am busy administering an inappropriate test to other students.
Something is very wrong with this picture.
-----No Child Left Behind is leaving thousands of children behind!
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