MUST READ!!! KANSAS CITY PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER REFLECTS ON MAP TESTS!!!
TKC NOTE: This morning we are HONORED to feature some behind the scenes perspective on real world Kansas City teaching life.
To wit . . .
CHECK THIS KANSAS CITY TEACHER TESTIMONY QUESTIONING THE STATUS QUO AND HINTING @ UPCOMING KCPS MAP TEST RESULTS!!!
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KCPS Teacher Reflection
As I close in on 30 years of teaching in KCMSD, I ponder the question.
When you have students that are disruptive in the school, should they be kicked out?
If a student is in the school, regardless of the challenges of keeping them on task, at least they are under some type of adult supervision…and may learn something, even if not the ideal amount.
If you kick them out, they are home alone. They could get into serious trouble, run with the wrong crowd, get pregnant, or become used to the idea of not going to school.
If you keep them in the district, they test low and the district’s MAP scores fall … and the whole district appears to be incompetent.
If you threw them all out, the scores would rise and the district would look better…..but look what we are exposing the students to? (look above)
In the end, if it is about the overall well-being of students, the MAP scores should be tossed out as an indicator of district success.
Success is if a student can graduate, alive, literate, without a criminal record, and without out of wedlock children.
I have run into several of my former students that scored horrible on the MAP tests but went on to graduate from college, vocational programs, enlist and stay in the military, and manage to make a living for themselves. Has anyone ever really examined if MAP scores are an accurate indicator of success in adult life?