I teach a two year program, at the end of which students take Math A. I had the students take the exam this January just for practice because most of them are low-level students and many have IEP's. I thought that the more times they took the test the more comfortable they would be. Also, that is what this group did in previous years before I taught the course. We were not through all of the material yet, but they knew that. I had three of my "not yet Math A ready" students pass the exam out of 20. Most were frustrated and came back with the same discouragcommentsents. It is tough on these kids. The "regular" level students' comments did not help either. Should I rethink the "practice"? I am hoping that the experience will pay off in the end for this group.
Tammy Wager Lake Placid High School
--- JAbriel761@aol.com wrote: > I hope State Ed. monitors this e-mail since it > certainly reflects what a > great number of students are feeling. I had two > seniors last year who gave a > similar reaction. Both had worked very hard and one > even broke down into > tears during the exams, she was so frustrated. I > will never understand what > State Ed. hopes to accomplish by presenting topics > that are so impractical > and so advanced that these poor students are not > able to grasp them. > > Janet Abriel > Albany City School District >
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