Today we received our scores from the 5th grade writing profeciency exam we took in January, and 76 of the 118 fifth graders who took the test passed. We needed 53% to meet federal mandates, and we achieved 67%. That is pretty dang good for a school whose population is abput 85% second language learners.
Update: I have just reviewed the data. In my classroom, 11 out of 22 students passed, 50%. Out of the 11 that did not pass, one speaks limited English and two are classified Special Ed. One of the two raised his score 5 points this year, but it still wasn’t enough to pass. The very worst score in my classroom came from a student who should have passed, but is just too lazy to bother with pushing his pencil across the paper.
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This afternoon, Ben worked diligently on the constructed response question on the State Criterion Referenced Test. He drew a food chain. He labeled it. He explained it. It was beautiful. Then he double checked his work, reading the directions again. “F–k!” He muttered. “I need an eraser.”
I turned, extending the eraser. “Excuse me?”
He looked right at me as he took the eraser and repeated, “F–k!”
My eyebrows rose. “I beg your pardon?”
With one hand, he pointed at the test-booklet right below the directions telling him what page to write his answers on. With his other hand, he pointed at the page number he did write his answer on. They didn’t match. “What would you say?” He demanded.
I shrugged one shoulder apologetically and nodded my head. The kid had a point.