Kentucky Senators Looking To Change Style Of Achievement Tests

Kentucky schools would change to multiple choice achievement tests under a bill proposed by some Senate republicans.

The current writing intensive tests would be replaced by nationally normed tests.

Proponents tell the Herald-Leader it would save ten million dollars a year and give teachers 21 more days of instruction time.

House Budget Chairman Harry Moberly opposes the move and says it would “gut the standards” that are in place for students.

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  • by Retired Educator Location: E. Ky on Feb 21, 2008 at 03:40 AM
    Oh, yes!! Just what we need!! Our legislators dictating to the schools, when they don't have a clue! Have they asked teachers?? Probably not! I don't agree with a lot of the testing, but what qualifications do some of these legislators have to make these decisions? I agree with Theresa that we should let the teachers teach and the students learn without all the strictures of NCLB and the frantic testing that happens. Teachers are forced to teach to the test and student learning suffers. But have a crack at it Legislature...I doubt that it could get much worse!!
  • by A Teacher Location: SE KY on Feb 20, 2008 at 05:47 PM
    I agree 100% with Theresa. Let us get back to the basics,The 3r's. If the test goes back to all MC questions,& not the on demand, open response,& portfolio's, I think the children would be able to learn more. Also, if the testing window is moved to later in the school year, then more content could be covered. I also think the legislature should hold a meeting with SP ED teachers and re-vamp the alternate portfolio assessment as well.Especially since these students are considered as drop-outs when they are seniors. There is so much emphasis on teaching to the test, that many kids are being left out and instead of NCLB, it should be MCLB:Many Children LB. I really feel sorry for the SpEd students, if they could do the work & were on the same level, then they wouldn't be in SpEd and have an IEP. Which is an INDIVIDUALIZED Education Plan.
  • by Z Location: KY on Feb 20, 2008 at 05:31 PM
    The Standards that are set now are unrealistic. The other problem is that the Students aren't held accountable and the Teachers are. Both the Student and Teachers should be held accountable. The testing needs to mean somthing to the Students and be a deciding factor of there graduation. There is much more to be said about this issue and Mr. Moberly needs to do his homework on CATS testing before he makes his decision and this needs to be looked at very carefully.
  • by Cat on Feb 20, 2008 at 03:39 PM
    Thank God!!! As a teacher, I have always said that we need our kids to be compared with the other children in the nation. In my opinion which is not worth much, I have hated this test from the very start. All the district and the state are the test scores just to show that this testing was a good idea. We have put students out into the world not knowing how to to do basic math, reading, or writing. This is toward the average student. They get sooo frustrated because of his dumb test. I believe that the CTBS test was wonderful and the teachers or the students would not be so frustrated.
  • by Tammy on Feb 20, 2008 at 02:37 PM
    Why do want all the writing who out there has writes personal narratives? We need to be teaching them to read and do math yet we waste countless hours teaching them to write when they can't even read. Kentucky is behind because they don't think ahead. Technology, math and science none that can be done without reading. Get rid of the writing.
  • by Theresa Location: Martin County on Feb 20, 2008 at 12:10 PM
    I can surely understand testing students. However, I do not understand why some students continue to go to the next grade and not have the knowledge of what they should know. Thus, when this happens, the student falls behind more and more. Let our instructors teach our children the basics of reading, writing, and math.


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