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Re: [seul-edu] [OT] beacon under fire

My $.02:
    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.
Dave Prentice
-----Original Message-----
From: Harry McGregor <micros@azstarnet.com>
To: seul-edu@seul.org <seul-edu@seul.org>
Date: Wednesday, May 02, 2001 3:46 PM
Subject: Re: [seul-edu] [OT] beacon under fire

On Wed, 2 May 2001, Steelhead wrote:

> 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 this...

Arizona is currently implimenting required standardized testing for
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 School.

These test, the AIMs tests, are aligned to Arizona's Extreemly high
standards.  Unfortunatly, almost no school district in the state comes
even close to meeting the standards.

The last group to take the AIMs test (last year), over 60% failed the math
test, etc.

What NY State is doing is requiring these alternative education programs
meet the exact same standards for graduation.  Last I knew in NY state, it
was the regents exam...


> I understand there is a different approach in NY as opposed to
> Caliornia. to testing, but, when they say "Standardized Tests", do they
> 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 evaluated?
> Bill
> Karl wrote:
> >
> > I just read this news (below) about the Beacon School, and thought that
> > some of SEUL-EDU's members might understand the important
> > educational-issues Beacon advocates, and inscribes upon young pioneers.
> SNIP .......

Harry McGregor, CEO, Co-Founder
Hmcgregor@osef.org, (520) 661-7875 (CELL)
Open Source Education Foundation, http://www.osef.org