A Teacher's Day

The day in the life of an inner city large urban school district teacher after the high stakes testing ends and there is still three more months left before summer vacation.

Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States

I have taught school for over thirty years always in the inner city and for the most part always upper grade students. I have two children and I have been married for twenty years.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Today we start the math test--ISAT math, part one. Yesterday we finished the reading portion. The last test was not easy at all. What made it even more incredible is the way parts of the test were made up. All of the tests were really different this time. There must have been at least four different stories. Of course, we teachers never had the time to even look at the entire thing, but I did notice how some parts of the test were heavy on context clues and other tests were heavy on "find the answer in the reading portion".

Unfortunately, one of my students who is very weak in vocabulary had the vocabulary section and another who is strong in vocabulary had the reading comprehension section.

I wonder how Illinois will score this one.

The sixth graders faired better. Their proctor told me they seemed to know everything that they needed to. It was as if they had studied all of the vocabulary.

I hope so.


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