- English-language learners had to take the reading and math tests in English, which was a problem for many students.
- APS spokesman Rigo Chavez said the special education population "had to make the same progress" as other groups of students in order for the school to make adequate yearly progress.
These are bad rules and this is a bad test. I predicted lower scores last March, and gave some of the reasons why. However the magnitude of the downturn is more than I ever imagined.
But state and local school officials, instead of saying this is a rotten exam and a rotten way to judge schools, soft-pedal the numbers and say, "Don't worry...be happy."
- "These are the growing pains of education reform." --Veronica Garcia, State Secretary of Public Education.
- "This does not mean things aren't going well." --APS Assistant Superintendent Diego Gallegos
Standardized Testing: Briefly Revisited
NOB HILL--Here are just a few facts to help you decide whether the No Child Left Behind Act knows what it is doing when it comes to testing our students.
- 0 ----------The number of hours of state mandated testing that private school students are required to take.
- 0-----------The number of hours of state mandated testing that home-schooled students are required to take.
- 4.75--------The number of hours allotted for either the ACT or the SAT (including the new writing segment). These are the tests which generally decide whether you have what it takes to enroll in college.
- 6------------The number of hours allotted for the National Teachers Exam. This test, with the appropriate coursework enables you to receive teacher certification at any primary or secondary level.
- 11-----------The number of hours estimated for a third grader (8 year-old) to take the state mandated New Mexico Standards Based Assessment. This test is designed to see what the child has learned in the last 9 months.