Friday, May 12, 2006

No Exit Exam for you

As you can probably tell, I'm pretty disgusted by the current method of testing. I think that so many tests create nothing by chaos for schools and accomplish nothing for kids. For instance, today a student refused to take STAR make-ups become he "didn't want the teachers to get any money". Wow, testing is great.

But today, an Alameda County Superior court judge ruled that the Exit Exams were null and void based on, ".....evidence in the record that shows that students in economically challenged communities have not had an equal opportunity to learn the materials tested on the (California High School Exit Examination),".

I don't agree. If the test had been given off the cuff, then I could see the justification for the ruling. However, the test has been known for years, and students have had chance after chance to finish it. And while I'm not a huge fan of the exam, I'm less of a fan of the judicial system making a ruling that is more politically correct than legally correct. Millions in state and federal dollars go to Second Language Learners and low income students. Our school has a huge support system for those that want to work for it, and even a bigger one for the Latino students that want to work for it. Now a judge has decided who is really working for it, not the school system.

I'm just wondering, when is the judicial system going to start doing something about serious issues, like student truancy?
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