First year ISAT scores; worried

Discussion in 'Secondary Education' started by DamienJasper, Jan 16, 2019.

  1. DamienJasper

    DamienJasper Rookie

    Aug 26, 2008
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    Jan 16, 2019

    This is my first full year of teaching. Even though my coworkers tell me I’m doing a good job, and for the most part my students showed positive growth on their STAR reading tests, I’m worried about the ISATs in the spring.

    I’ve never administered or helped to administer these high stakes tests. Is my room under control and do I get work back from my students? Yes. Do they generally do what they’re asked when they’re asked? Yes. But this all seems really...surface level.

    I’m worried that my particular group of students won’t do well and that will pretty much be it for my teaching career. But maybe I worry too much? I’ve researched and I can’t seem to find a solid answer over how much weight these test scores hold for keeping a teaching position...

    Everyone tells me “just survive” your first year. But that doesn’t sound good enough to stick around.
  3. Mr.history

    Mr.history Cohort

    May 19, 2012
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    Jan 19, 2019

    I'm in a different state that you so I have no idea what your tests count toward your evaluation. I know where I'm at they are 30 or 40% and the other comes from admin observations. Your administrators could give you a definitive answer on that.
  4. Teacher234

    Teacher234 Cohort

    Jan 21, 2018
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    Feb 6, 2019

    Regardless of what state you are in, high-stakes testing is absolutely ridiculous. My school district does not administer state tests, although regents exams are still required. The district has an agreement with the state-level people who have never spent a second in a classroom to give locally-developed benchmarks. Surprise....those benchmarks are actually meaningful in determining progress.
    Also, do not worry about state-tests. Honestly, focusing on preparation for a state test is a bit counterproductive.

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