In Louisiana we are in the
second year of LEAP (Louisiana Educational Assessment Program, I think), which
students must pass in order to move out of 4th, 8th, and 12th grades. LEAP is
patterned after what Iowa has been doing for a few years. It's a mixture of
multiple-choice, short-response, and essay questions. The majority of students
around the state passed, but in New Orleans most failed. I don't remember the
exact number, but something over 75 or 80% of the "Academically
unacceptable" schools in the state were right here. It really shone the
spotlight on the corruption and incompetence in the city. It's a shame the kids
have to suffer, but it's about time there was some accountability.
On Wed, 2 May 2001, Steelhead
> As I look this over, I find I am missing out on the
notion of the the
> "required high-stakes standardized
tests" as it is applied.
I could be wrong on
Arizona is currently implimenting required standardized
graduation from high school (supposedly it's to take effect
in 2002, the
state's consultants are now recomending 2005), and after
that they will be
required to graduate from Elementary School, and Middle
These test, the AIMs tests, are aligned to Arizona's
standards. Unfortunatly, almost no school district
in the state comes
even close to meeting the standards.
group to take the AIMs test (last year), over 60% failed the math
What NY State is doing is requiring these alternative education
meet the exact same standards for graduation. Last I knew
in NY state, it
was the regents exam...
understand there is a different approach in NY as opposed to
Caliornia. to testing, but, when they say "Standardized Tests", do
> refer to a proscibed litany of subject matter to be
accomplished in a
> lock-step schedule, or is it just "overall
knowledge of the subject
> material" that is being
> Karl wrote:
> > I just read this news (below) about the Beacon School, and
> > some of SEUL-EDU's members might understand the
> > educational-issues Beacon advocates, and inscribes
upon young pioneers.
> SNIP .......
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