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Russell Winn
Works at J. F. Drake State Technical College
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In short, Dr. McNeal has sent out to principals at least (who may receive a financial bonus if their students do well on the test) specific instructions on how to:

Print the test out ahead of time so that teachers may teach to the specific test that their students may receive;
Print out the answer sheet for the specific test the student will take;
Monitor specific student’s progress on the test to potentially determine which students might be rushing through the test or struggling with specific questions on the test;
Clear specific responses to answers on the test; and
Reset the test so that the student may take the test multiple times.
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My new blog post discusses what changes even if Wardynski wins his lawsuit against the DoJ. 

Hint: even if we win, we lose.

This is much ado about nothing.
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It's been a huge day in our home. The boy is reading on his own, for pleasure.

To all of you who dreamed and worked to make this happen, thank you. 

Here are my thoughts on why this happened.
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Perhaps most importantly, why are we as parents still allowing our children to be used as guinea pigs for Pearson products?

Why are we still willing to allow our children to be used as a mere means to evaluate and run off teachers, rather than as an end in themselves in need of authentic educational experiences?

Why do we still believe anything that the leadership of this district says?
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Oh, but you see, that instructional time doesn’t really matter. All that matters is our ability to show that our students are growing in their ability to take a standardized test.

All that matters is our ability to run off some of the best teachers in the district.

All that matters is that Wardynski has the “data” to make himself look good to Pearson or whatever other position he’s jockeying for.

The educational quality of Huntsville City Schools has not improved over the past two years. All that has improved is Wardynski’s ability to pretend that it has.
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It would seem that the board and superintendent need to look up the definition of the word conversation.
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Wow. That's quite dis heartening.
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You know we just finished yet another round of SchoolNet and STAR reading tests in our schools to determine whether or not our teachers are teaching our kids to read.

Perhaps we’ve been testing the wrong people.

I wonder at what level Wardynski, Blair, Robinson, McCaulley, and even Mr. Brooks are capable of reading, if they truly cannot understand a letter as clear as this one.
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There's a new test/database in town called, SchoolNet from Pearson. It tracks your child's absences, tardies, and discipline issues, as well as every test, benchmark, and class test that he or she takes during his or her school years. And Pearson has access to it all.
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Last night the Huntsville City School Board of Education violated their own policy on the Selection of School, Facility, and/or Property Name (Policy 2.9, presented September 5, 2013) by concluding the process and voting on the new names approximately three weeks before they were allowed to do so.
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I have the greatest job ever: I get paid to irritate students! I irritate school board for free. Love hangin with the kids, and writing about all of it at www.geekpalaver.com
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