Recent Posts



powered by

My Blog


April 1, 2017

Linda M. Penn

    Hope that Spring Break has gone well for you and your kids!  Are you ready for accountability tests?

    In looking back at my previous Blogs about standardized testing, I found I may not have given accountability tests a fair shake.  DO I NEED AN ATTITUDE CHANGE?

    As an elementary public school teacher who just started my career in the mid-80’s, accountability testing had real meaning.  If students had performed poorly throughout the year and on the end-of-the-year tests, they were given the opportunity for summer school remediation or repeat a grade. 

    However, then came state testing based on No Child Left Behind (NCLB) standards and there were tests, tests, and more tests thrust upon the students throughout the year to prepare them for the ‘biggie’ end-of-the-year tests.  The accountability was more on the school and teacher, and not the individual student.  Summer school remediation for the kids?  What was that?  Summers meant more teacher meetings on ‘teaching the test’ so the school, county, and state would appear to be achieving success.

    Today, there is the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) which was passed in 2015 to replace the NCLB.  Betsy DeVos, the current U.S. Secretary of Education has notified state school officers to keep developing their ESSA plans.  Apparently, the ESSA keeps some testing but shifts focus away from the high-stakes type testing of NCLB.   

    EVERYONE WHO IS CONCERNED ABOUT THE FUTURE OF OUR WORLD needs to be more aware and informed about the type of testing for our kids.  My research (see below) revealed to me there is a focus now on various types of assessments thoughout the school year and not just end-of-the-year tests.  Specific needs for each individual student are made more evident to teachers.

    OKAY, I WILL TRY TO HAVE A CHANGED ATTITUDE ABOUT ACCOUNTABILITY TESTS!  So…teachers, parents, students, and legislators, let’s all try to be positive.  Let’s give our teachers and students an extra shout-out and encouraging words at this time of year.  Also, please check out my Blog from April 1, 2016, “Test Takers – Help for the Frightened.”

    Since I am retired and not active in the classroom, would love to have your feedback about the ESSA.

    Come back the first week of May for next Blog – “Focus on Relationships – NOT Achievements.” 




Gallup.com “Testing that Benefits Students” by Brandon Busteed and Jonathan Rodkin, May 5, 2016 Blog.

Wikipedia.org. “Every Student Succeeds Act,” last page modified February 26, 2017.

15 Comments to TESTING TIME !:

Comments RSS
the best cv writng company on Thursday, May 4, 2017 11:29 PM
The testing time previous blogs with high preserve thrust upon the students accountability was more on school and teacher. Thanks for posting individual students info with this lindampenn blog,keep it up.
Reply to comment
top resume services on Monday, May 7, 2018 9:10 PM
Accountability test is important to determine if the student learns in this school and then to know also if this school is teaching very well and attaining the requirements. It is important for both students and the school to help them improve and know if what they are doing is enough for success. Some students may think that this is not really necessary. But the truth is, this can be a way for them to open their eyes and see what they are and what they want to be in the future.

Water damage repair San Diego on Sunday, September 16, 2018 9:57 AM
I also enjoy reading the comments, you are really on perfect side, I love this post and must want to appreciate your thoughts...

term paper writer service on Thursday, October 12, 2017 12:00 AM
Writers are the persons that draw a sketch and then put soul in the story that the readers reads easily and get the moral of the story. A writer knows the ups and downs of writing and manages everything to its write place that reader can easily understand.
Reply to comment
http://www.qualityassignment.co.uk/services/dissertation-editing-services/ on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 2:46 AM
Much appreciate you after reading about your research which focus on various types of assessments thoughout the school year and not just end-of-the-year tests.

macgic on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 12:38 AM
This post always shared powerful materials everyday, I hope you continue to have such quality articles to share with everyone! I believe a lot of people will be surprised to read this article
Reply to comment

http://www.appyzone.com/ on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 12:39 AM
Great site, continue the good work,is also very helpful to people, is worth us learning,your article is really Great job! Application and OS really Amazed to visit this site
Reply to comment

loegmrntdherid1 on Monday, November 19, 2018 11:59 PM
I just stumbled upon your informative article and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed reading your very well written posts.
Reply to comment

http://vegassearchandsocial.com/ on Saturday, November 24, 2018 9:23 AM
Hi! You've shared so much value in this post. We're love to share your content to our community and we'd greatly appreciate you approval to post this comment on your post. Please keep sharing such content. Thanks!
Reply to comment

leptitox coupon code on Friday, March 27, 2020 11:50 PM
Excellent Blog! I would like to thank for the efforts you have made in writing this post. I am hoping the same best work from you in the future as well. I wanted to thank you for this websites! Thanks for sharing. Great websites!
Reply to comment

yoga burn coupon code on Friday, March 27, 2020 11:51 PM
Very useful post. This is my first time i visit here. I found so many interesting stuff in your blog especially its discussion. Really its great article. Keep it up.
Reply to comment

Ben on Friday, April 10, 2020 1:58 AM
Your blog is very interesting and amazing. I really impressed with your work. I want more similar topics about this post to increase our knowledge. Thanks for sharing and keep sharing. Durable and strong garage flooring
Reply to comment

Massy on Friday, April 10, 2020 2:57 AM
This blog is very helpful for every visitor. I really impressed your written style. I will come back to the website to read your blogs. Thanks for sharing and keep sharing . Playground tiles available in uk
Reply to comment

Adolf on Friday, April 10, 2020 4:33 AM
Thanks for sharing nice information with us. I like your post and all you share with us is update and quite informative, i would like to bookmark the page so i can come here again to read you, as you have done a wonderful job. gym flooring
Reply to comment

John on Monday, April 13, 2020 7:12 AM
This blog is very helpful for every visitor. I really impressed your written style. I will come back to the website to read your blogs. Thanks for sharing and keep sharing. Our adjustable gym flooring
Reply to comment

Add a Comment

Your Name:
Email Address: (Required)
Make your text bigger, bold, italic and more with HTML tags. We'll show you how.
Post Comment