Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Home Spun comic strip #335
Guess what we're doing this week?
Against my better judgment, I even decided to test Sierra. In New York, I have the option to have her evaluated by a NY certified teacher. I hate to impose on the teachers I know, so I haven't used that option in years. It was easier to just test Chase and Marina after third grade. The thought of trying to gather up all the scraps of paper Sierra has used for various subjects makes me tired. I know, it's lazy of me, but I'm reporting three children right now. It's hard enough managing my time as all three test on different levels, and in Chase's case, on a different test. Sierra and Marina are using the CAT test because the PASS test (which I prefer) only covers grades 3-8. The PASS test gives a more detailed report on how the child is doing and strategies for improvement in weak areas.
For me, the worst part of testing is reading the instructions to them. After reading for the tenth time, "Fill in the circle completely and make your mark heavy and dark," I can't help laughing at the absurdity of it all. My kids will really know how to fill in bubbles when this is over. It's a skill I would not have thought to teach them on my own.
Editor's Note: It was pointed out that I forgot to add links for those of you who might like to have your kids take a test. Links are now available. But remember, education is not the filling of a bubble, but the floating of a creative spirit. Or feeling the soap between your fingers. And popping attitudes.