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Teachers' Lounge Discussion: Standardized math assessment for primary students

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From: phaynes

To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Date: 2009050415:10:14
Subject: Re: mCLASS:Math

I response to mClass Math assessment. I am not convinced it is researched based, I find that highly unlikely. Having the test timed for 5 and 6 year olds is unfounded and cannot possibly give you an adequate assessment. In first grade, to "get into the green" (successful area) you have got to count to 118 in 60 seconds. ( along with 6 other minute tests) What on earth does that prove? By the way, try it. you have to take a huge breath and mumble your numbers for that even to be possible. Where is the child psychologist here, most children are blessed with inability to hurry. That is something developmentally not there yet! (remember telling your child to hurry up and get their shoes on?) There is no alignment with our Indiana Standards and I'd like to know if any state assigns timed tests to any of their standards!? It takes at least 15 minutes per child out of my teaching day and does not give me any knowledge that can be measured against the state standards nor give me any idea of the child's true math competency and their math sense.

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