Katie Lapham: My First Grade Students Take Too Many Tests

Diane Ravitch's blog

Have you ever wondered what the school day is like for a student in first grade? These are little children, maybe six-years-old.

Katie Lapham teaches first grade in New York City in a low-income school. Read what they do here:

http://www.livingindialogue.com/excessive-standardized-testing-first-grade-fairy-tale/

“I administered the first grade benchmarks to my class of 25 students. Pearson’s ReadyGEN ELA assessment was comprised of five multiple choice comprehension questions and five multiple choice vocabulary questions. It also contained a writing question for which students stated an opinion and included a reason (a detail from the text) to support their opinion. While students were given a copy of the realistic fiction reading passage, I was instructed to read it aloud to them three times. From the groans and sighs emitted from my students as I commenced the second reading, I deduced that they didn’t find the passage to be particularly riveting.

“A number of questions…

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