How to deal with low county test scores?

Discussion in 'General Education' started by shoreline02, Nov 17, 2017.

  1. shoreline02

    shoreline02 Cohort

    Jan 13, 2010
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    Nov 17, 2017

    My 5th grade students took their county test for science and did so poorly. Since we're departmentalized and I'm the science teacher I keep beating myself up over it. I didn't even finish teaching all the standards yet and 1/3 Of the questions were from 4th grade. But I looped with them and was their science teacher in 4th grade too so information is not being retained.
    I just feel like I failed them.

    They do so well on unit tests.... ugh.
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2017
  3. mathmagic

    mathmagic Enthusiast

    Nov 20, 2012
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    Nov 17, 2017

    Does it provide any breakdowns of where they were stronger/weaker, like many state tests do for math / ELA? Also, what kind of growth from previous years was there?

    In a spectrum - to what extent do you feel that the content was being learned as individual facts as opposed to developing an understanding of the world around them? In other words, with a math analogy (I know, it was science -- giving an example using math is easier though :)), was it more learning a bunch of algorithms, or was there a focus around the meaning behind the algorithms and how each of the math concepts were interconnected?

    Learn & grow - that's all we can do! That's what we ask our students to do each day, so we have to make sure we do the same.

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