Hannah failed her 5th gr. STAAR reading test by TWO QUESTIONS related to inferencing / abstract thinking. Hannah has a diagnosed learning disability (?) that centers around … you guessed it… abstract language concepts. The fact that she ALMOST passed taking the STAAR test without modifications was good enough for me!!
However, because the school has help her knock the re-test out of the water, they‘ve isolated her in a small reading group almost all day long for every day for the next 2 weeks. EVERY subject she is studying has now been reduced to reading passages with comprehension questions. Because 2 weeks of this will definitely make up for her diagnosed language / learning challenge.HAHAHAHAH OK WHATEVER!!
And you know what – she’s totally rocking it.
I don’t know about everyone else, but it’s been my experience for the past 17 years that I have a
STAAR testing will NOT change how you parent your children. But YOU can change your parenting when you stop and take a step back from the hype of the anti-STAAR activists, the conflated ‘injustices’ of public school administration, and the offensive money trail that IS in fact all that standardized testing – and focus on what you can do today, to help your children succeed in spite of the unfairness of their little lives. The goal for me is to help them OVER their hurdles instead of making excuses for them to avoid hardships. At least for the last 3 years anyway. (I was once that obnoxious parent noted above.)
In shifting how I approach parenting issues, I have find myself to be a better parent, I have watched my children overcome some difficult situations, and in the end – overall – everyone’s stress levels have been greatly diminished. Everyone is much happier within this more balanced and real-life approach to parenting/family living.If you feel strongly that STAAR is a horrible experience for your children and you want to change the system – then work to change the system.
In the meantime, you can actually help your children to succeed IN SPITE OF your own strongholds against rigorous testing schedules and without making a public spectacle of yourself.
~~stepping off soap box~~