My name is Jessica but most people call JB or Jbizzle, This is the story of 27 year old Chicago teacher stumbling her way through big city life one lesson learned at a time. I write about teaching, random stuff, and fitness. This is me being a "whole person" on internet paper.
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Today we started the ISATs. I have a small group of 6th graders.
This is what the one I worry about most asked me while filling out the name bubbles…
Student: Ms. B., how do you spell William? I only know how to spell Billy.
This 6th grade test isn’t appropriate. He reads on a 1st grade level. How is he supposed to understand the 6th grade text?
He’s seen his given name written tons of times, but because he goes by Billy and not William, he’s never written it and therefore never learned how it was written. It’s not the fact that he didn’t know how to spell his name its everything that leads into that.
How do you think he feels taking that test? What do you think that test does to his self-esteem? Why does he have an Individualized Education Plan, but he has to take the same test as his peers? Why can’t I read it to him? What is this test assessing? Comprehension or that he can read?
This is a form of child abuse.
Yeah, I went there.