A Parent Of A Child

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A parent of a child in an inner-city school questioned the sacrifice of educational instructional time in favor of online, benchmark testing that was to be offered 4 times each year (O’Brien, Winn, & Currier, 2014). The parent requested that his child be exempt from this exam based on his daughter’s academic performance to date. With his daughter’s performance measured in the 95th percentile in math and 99th percentile in reading, the benefits simply didn’t appear to outweigh the loss of time in the classroom. O’Brien et al. (2014) concluded that while the district at first denied the parent request, ultimately the courts would have upheld the parent’s right to be excluded, should this case reach the court system. Ultimately, the district honored the parent request to not take part in the assessment. The issue here is not so much a parent’s right to choose an educational option for their child, but why the parent felt this assessment was inappropriate (O’Brien, Winn, & Currier, 2014). In 2009, when RTT funds were allocated and states across the nation competed for a piece of the pie, 11 states benefited (Kolbe & Rice, 2012). Conditions on the use of these funds were loose at best (Kolbe & Rice, 2012). The state was to be certain that at least 50% of the funds were allocated to Local Education Agencies (LEA’s) (Kolbe & Rice, 2012). Kolbe and Rice (2012) found that states followed this mandate. It was however noted that an excessive amount of funds were allocated to failing schools, state wide data systems, and the employment of outside agencies. With the allocation of funds of this magnitude and the loose conditions for which they were given, the potential existed that funds would not be allocated in a way that maximized... ... middle of paper ... ...s, standardized assessments must be valid and provide accurate information about what students know measured against adopted state standards (Linn, 2010). Linn (2010) determined that often score inflation existed when assessments became predictable testing the same standard or asking a question in the same way. Too often this was a result of states throwing an exam together in order to receive RTT funding from the federal government (Linn, 2010). Ultimately, helping students achieve their goals as measured against state standards centers on feedback. Chappuis (2012) found that effective feedback points out areas of excellence and need, occurs during the learning process, addresses areas where students have partial understanding, and limits the corrections to a manageable level for the student. It is this feedback that is critical to maximize student achievement.

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