“We took tests when we were kids, and…”
– commonly said by legislators and people who repeat TV talk show blather
I DARE YOU TO TAKE A MANDATED READING TEST FOR A NINE YEAR-OLD.
Are you sick and tired of listening to this absurd comparison of tests from the past versus the reality of today’s high stakes tests? People the same age or older than the parents of tested school aged children never took the high stakes tests our children are being subjected to day after day.
Dare them to go to this Common Core SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium) Practice Test site and answer the first seven questions of the 4th grade Common Core SBAC English Test. Tell them that they can go on to more questions or tests if they so desire.
TELL THEM: After answering seven questions, whether you are a young professional with advanced degrees or a senior who has earned your education in the school of hard knocks, please consider what you have learned about these lucrative for-profit tests. (You might even choose to answer the very short questionnaire at the bottom of this page.)
Directions: Please sign in and take at least the seven initial questions. This will be an eye opener for most people.
Here are the steps to access the 4th Grade Common Core SBAC English Language Arts Test
Scroll Down and Click on Green Box – Students Interface Practice and Training Tests
Click on Sign In
Use Pull Down Menu to change to Grade 4, click Yes
Go to Right Column, 2nd box down – 4th grade ELA (English Language Arts) – click
Scroll Down and click on Select
Scroll Down and click on Yes, Start My Test
Click on Sound symbol – then Click Yes
Scroll Down and Click on Begin Test Now
Complete first seven (7) questions
You can then stop and assess the test or move on
RECLAIM REFORM QUESTIONNAIRE:
What do you now realize about this test?
A) I am not a professional, but I know this test is lousy.
B) I am a professional, and I know that there are many, many reasons that this test is lousy.
C) I cannot believe that any child is deemed a failure or success based on this lousy test.
D) I couldn’t even follow the damn required directions to get online to take this lousy test.
Taking the lousy test isn’t enough.
Tell five or six of your family, friends and neighbors to rescue their own school age children by following the directions at United Opt Out National which offers state-by-state sample letters and suggestions. If they feel that their children were under undo pressure or intimidation, have them file a valid Civil Rights Complaint; children are little people with legal rights.
If you are curious about the qualifications of the scorers for the high stakes test, those who read your explanations and graded you, go HERE. If you were angry before, you will be furious after reading who grades these expensive, high stakes test.