8:40 am April 13, 2009, by Laura Diamond
Welcome back from Spring Break. I hope you all had a restful week and a happy holiday.
It’s test season in metro Atlanta. Some kids will start taking the CRCT tomorrow, while other districts will begin giving the test over the next two weeks.
The controversial test became more so last spring after early results showed about 70 percent of the sixth- and seventh-graders failed the social studies exams and about 40 percent of eighth-graders failed the math.
Parents and teachers were outraged, with many accusing the state of developing faulty tests.
State schools Superintendent Kathy Cox ultimately threw out the social studies results, citing a breakdown between the test questions, the new curriculum and what teachers taught. But she let the math results stand.
Since then the state developed new social studies standards and new exams. Teachers across the state received training on the new curriculum. Also, in math, the state and local school district provided teachers with more training and students with more extra help.
Is this enough to prevent a repeat of what happened last year?
How much faith do you have in the exams?
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