Ok... in case I need to explain to those who don't know. Doing an LTS assignment. 4 weeks into 12 weeks. K/pre-K (totally out of my element-which would be 2nd-5th grade). Working with a sister teacher who I have come to respect and like- though she HAS stolen my best ideas and claimed them to the boss as her own. Working like a maniac! Putting a good 12-14 hours a day work into this assignment in order to wow ANYONE beyond belief and end up with a coveted letter of recommendation. I am in the middle of assessments for report cards. NEVER in my LIFE imagined all that goes into Early childhood and the testing and assessments that go on with the youngest of our students (though thanking GOD for this insight - learning where and how learning/literacy begins is PRICELESS!!!). Now I get an e-mail that though we only had standardized computerized testing of the students a month and a half ago, this test (that takes place 3 times a year) has been moved up from the middle of January (when the other teacher would be back) to the first week in December (WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY?????). This test takes place on a laptop with a touch pad mouse. Imagine wearing heavy mittens and working a touch pad. THAT is about the quality of the kindergartners fine-motor skills even IF they UNDERSTAND how the whole thing works. But then you are talking a standardized test that takes your previous answer and then decides TOUGHER question? easier question? There is NO WAY to prepare students for that...and because of the total experience (new to SCHOOLING let alone testing, computers, touch pads) some of the students tested in the 1% range in mid-September. So hearing it's coming again in early December was FIRST a shock...but then I started to wonder about their skills at computing at ALL (I have observed a few at the computer station and some can't even operate a regular mouse with the simplest of clicking on huge icons or click and drag functions - forget about the touch pad which they have NO experience on). And while driving I thought...I need to see if we can get the laptop computers for a few times BEFORE Thanksgiving (in the midsts of assessments for report cards? - SHEEESH) so that they can maybe PRACTICE touch pad mouse skills on SOME website. Just to prepare them (a BIT) to face this daunting test again. Well, after having had my ideas stolen before, I thought...should I go to the principal directly with these thoughts? Yes. I will get there SO early that the sister teacher wouldn't be there yet. I will ask the principal if i could bend her ear with a thought I was having - and after she loved my idea (*cough* hehehehe) and if she asked if i discussed it already with the sister-teacher, i could say, it's so early and she hasn't arrived yet- but SINCE I was passing the principal I thought I would bat it around with her. Oh yes, that was my PLAN! BUT... I get to the office and here is this early morning committee meeting going on (I think school improvement or something) and the sister teacher is on that committee. Drat! Foiled again! So...when I see the sister teacher in her classroom, I have no other option than to tell her my idea (I mean, I can't waste time getting ANY chance to get those laptops arranged for the kids BEFORE Thanksgiving - since the test is within days of returning after Thanksgiving and the laptops, at THAT point, would be occupied with OLDER students doing the standardized testing too). I tell her my idea and I see the wheels turning. Meanwhile her aide walks in and agrees with me. Sister teacher says..."you have a good point there. Hmmmmm. Yes, I guess that COULD be done...and it has merit." Yeah!!!!!! Jumping with excitement!!!! (Somewhat patting myself on the back) "....but..... hmmmm" Uh oh!:mellow: (waiting for something to hit the fan...I am now prepared to see the signs) Dear readers...are you sitting down? I can see the wheel turning in her mind - and the expression on her face gives me a hint that I am NOT going to like the next few words out of her mouth. "you see......" (wait for it) "history proves that the kindergartners will test SO low at the beginning. It's a given that WE understand (due to the nature of the test and having no clue how to even WORK a computer - let alone take a test), but others are stunned at the results. But what IS remarkable to those people is the INCREDIBLE results that the kids have at the same test in MAY. You understand? September is terrible, January testing is slightly better, but MAY is WOW! Though that idea would surely help them improve their scores by ALONE giving them practice at skills they might need.... it would cause the MAY growth to look lessened...." WHAT??????????????????? What she is suggesting is that we NOT give the kids the training that they need NOW so that THEN (in May) it will look as if these two teachers (and at that point - not ME!!!!) will look like MIRACLE workers!!!! "hmmmm..... let me think about this", she says. Meaning - thanks, McKenna for the idea (once again) and I will use it to help MYSLEF later after you are gone - but not NOW when the raised scores could indicate that YOU had the brilliant idea to give them exposure and work on this in the first place. ***** Good God! What do you do??? Imagine being freed from the heavy mittens. That ALONE would increase your abilities!!!! But...it might not happen. If it DOES it might show that there is a marked increase of scoring -thus... "hmmm, what did that LTS DO to raise scores so well? Who CARES! Let's hire her!!!" vs. "Ho-Hum another set of low scores from the kindergarten. Well, thank GOD the maternity leave will be over, and the Dynamic Duo of the sister-teacher and the new-mom teacher will be back and work their incredible magic for the end testing - as they have in the past. And as we have rewarded them for." **** Who gets screwed? The kids? (Not really. They will learn it eventually.) The LTS? YUP! Incredible!!! **** But even more to the point. Does this HAPPEN????? You hold off instruction that COULD happen for one set of tests so that your scores on another test would look like a miracle has occurred? That's trickery beyond my moral-belief.