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All Blog Posts Tagged 'standardized' (6)

It's OK to forget your number 2 pencil

My husband and I - who are only a few years apart - went to the same high school. And because of that, we have the same stories about our school's relationship with scantron sheets. We fondly recall how they were often reused (make sure you start this test at number 51, or you'll get all the answers wrong), and how sensitive they were (number 2 pencils were required and you have to fill in the circle completely).…

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Added by Lauren Markman on April 16, 2018 at 6:54am — No Comments

WIll this be on the test?

Sometimes my son's school will send home an announcement that indicates there is a round of standardized testing going on. More often than not, this message is brief, includes only an anagram of the name of the test (so that I get to look it up online later), and then asks that children get a good night's sleep before the test and that we parents encourage them to do their best.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on April 2, 2018 at 8:41am — No Comments

This will be on the test

My son is in real school now: He has defined classes, grades and real homework. So far, he has loved all of it.



As we continue on his academic journey, I am trying to keep a close eye on how he handles the structure and rules of school. Especially tests. He had a math test last week that he was excited to…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 5, 2015 at 6:25am — No Comments

Things I've Learned This Week

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** My house is a revolving door of loud, screeching short people.  (And I kind of love it.)



** Wearing a dress AND a bra all in one day is quite an accomplishment.…



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Added by Jennifer Marshall on September 19, 2014 at 3:04pm — No Comments

Standardized Testing, TCAP, Common Core and Why it All Sucks.

The TCAP standardized tests (aka the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program) have finally wrapped up for the school year.

Have you seen the clip from the Stephen Colbert's Report yet? (You can find it here.) Kind of sums up how I feel about Common Core and the testing procedures. He just doesn't swear as much as I do when I talk about them. Because they are completely &#$*%@*…

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Added by Dawn K Rutt on May 9, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Isn't there a better way? A rant on standardized testing...

     In the newspaper today the MCAS results are listed, every school and the percentage of children who scored "proficient" or above. (MCAS is the required standardized in Massachusetts.) On the top of the page are the schools who had the highest percentage of children deemed "advanced" - and the lowest. I've never been a fan of standardized tests, but this is the first time it has really bothered me to see these numbers. All this…

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Added by Emma Craig on September 21, 2013 at 7:19am — No Comments

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