If you have not seen it yet – Video from press conference

1. My child will still be taking a CC aligned test this year. As I stated yesterday, there are at least two states that have administered tests aligned to CC and both of those have had significant drops in their proficiency rankings. Those drops were predicted. They have been predicted for every state. Why should I think that Louisiana will be any different? I do not feel that children should be subjected to these tests until we can have more assurance that they have been more prepared for them. To give a child a test when you know he will likely be considered not proficient due to lack of proper preparation (by no fault of his own) is wrong.

2. The ability for a district to waive LEAP test results in 4th grade concerns me, also. I cannot wrap my head around the idea that these tests are supposed to be an indicator of what a child has learned, but if the school work shows that the child is indeed ready to advance they will be allowed to do so. Why are we making this exception this year, but not in previous years??? The only thing different this year will be the content of the test. It is still pencil and paper, so concerns about computer format are not applicable this year. If children who would normally pass the old LEAP test are deemed non-proficient this year it is solely because they have not been prepared in the classroom. If they have not been prepared how can we pass them to the next grade and expect them to succeed?

3. I also am concerned about the burden the waivers will place on districts having to make decisions on a case by case basis for a multitude of non-proficient results (again thinking along the lines of 60-70%). It seems like it could develop into a nightmare.

4. Holding off on computer testing for 3rd graders on the first PARCC assessment is a nice touch, but it does not address the question of how will we know if they will be able to do it in following years. Are there any studies being done to determine if 8 year olds are able to become proficient enough at typing so that it will not hinder their performance on assessments?

It sure sounds good to say that LDOE is working to alleviate concerns, but that is not the way I see it. I see it as a stalling technique to appease some of the opposition, all the while allowing Common Core to become more entrenched in our schools, because in reality Common Core implementation is not slowing down one bit.