May 26, 2013 |
Greg Barlow did not want his fourth-grade son to take the Standards of Learning math test, but he did not know what would happen if he refused. Would his son get a failing grade? Would it go on his permanent record? Barlow researched state and local codes and finally decided to try it. He sent an e-mail to his son's principal and teacher at his Prince William elementary school, informing them that he planned to keep his son home on test day. "It was the scariest thing I've ever done," said Barlow, a former Air...
May 23, 2013 |
Widespread technical glitches interrupted thousands of Fairfax County schools students taking Virginia's standards of learning tests online Thursday. In a letter to parents, the district acknowledged "significant problems" while administering the online tests due to an outage with the school system's Internet service provider. About half of Fairfax County schools were affected by the Internet outage, the administration said. Many schools had to cancel the testing, and students will...
May 20, 2013 |
All Virginia students will have to log on to a computer to take this year's Standards of Learning tests, making Virginia one of the only states to wholly abandon the nearly ubiquitous paper-and-pencil bubble sheets. With spring testing in reading and math underway in many schools this week, the move to electronic tests means that Virginia, one of the few states that did not adopt national academic standards, has become a model for the dozens of states that did. Those states are scrambling to meet a...
May 17, 2013 |
In the past two school years, 40 states detected potential cheating on standardized exams given to public school students in grades 3 to 12, according to a new report released by the Government Accountability Office. Of those states, 33 confirmed at least one instance of cheating, and 32 states canceled or invalidated test results from individual students, schools or districts as a result of either suspected or confirmed cheating, the GAO found. The GAO collected data from the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012...
May 8, 2013 |
Prince William County high school students can look forward to fewer tests next year, as school officials have eliminated mandatory midterm exams. The county's high school principals unanimously signed on to a one-year pilot program that will free teachers from administering required semester exams in January and give them more time to prepare for end-of-year tests. "Teachers do feel pressed for time," said Michael A. Mulgrew, associate superintendent for high schools in Prince William.
April 30, 2013 |
Let's face it – nobody likes taking tests. Exams, by nature, elicit a certain amount of anxiety. Tension. Maybe even fear. But New York's high-stakes standardized tests, given to all public school students, have rattled way more than a few nerves. Enough students have actually thrown up on their tests that schools are reportedly circulating procedures on how to handle vomit-covered tests. One Long Island superintendent told the Wall Street Journal that some kids did, indeed, get...