Put it that way, it comes out that the average student at my school is on grade level ;-)
I'm thinking since the ocean isn't much further we might turn it into a day trip if we can get a morning appointment.
Passing the WASL is supposed to indicate the child is working on grade level. What percent of your students are working on grade level?
For the non-test assessment, give the WHO office a call and ask them. Although I think the teacher from last year may be worth the 2-1/2 hour drive. Just stop for ice cream before coming home.
But, but, but - one child is doing the CAT, and the other does non-test assessment. How does that translate to the WASL?
By the way, does anyone know of someone around the south Seattle area who does non-test assessments? Last year I went down the list on the WHO website to find someone within an hour's drive, and I only found one gal who said "Yes, I do those." Then after we had a wonderful assessment from her, she MOVED 2 1/2 hours away!!! The rest of the people on the WHO list either said, "I don't do those anymore," and a couple people on the list even asked, "What's a non-test assessment?"
It's different for every state, and it can take a LOT of googling :-) Try looking at your newspaper website first, but it can be hard to track down.
Hmmmmmm... And that person was a certified teacher giving that test? Oh my goodness, that's just NOT fair, and NOT right!! I'm so sorry, Teresa. It must feel pretty good to get 75% in that situation, I suppose. Ugh!
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Although when your son totally freaks out at the testing centre and is told he will be capable of completing the tests, which are scheduled for 3 days, in a day and a half and beleives the ajudicator so fails to read the questions and only scores 75%, it becomes completely demoralizing. I am sure testing has its place and we will practise taking more tests to work on timeing etc but the are not always a true measure of where your kids are
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