So today at our staff meeting first day back, my principal discussed last year's test scores. Overall NY had like a 30% passing rate in ELA and my school wasn't even close to that, so obviously not a great start, but luckily my principal was positive and emphasized that this was a baseline and we're looking forward now on how we're going to improve it. Anyway, a lot of the focus this year seems like it's going to be on looking very carefully at targeting specific students. Students who might have previously been considered 2 or 3s and were now 1s or 2s. Basically "pushable students." It made me start thinking about the non-pushable students. The students (and I get a lot of them) who would have been a 1 on either the old test or the new test. The ones who come into 3rd or 4th grade reading on a kindergarten level. Wasn't the whole point of this push for high stakes testing that "no child is left behind" and now when the pressure is really on it seems like people are just going to end up saying, okay let me really, really focus on the ones who I know have a chance at passing. Why pull the small group of kindergarten level readers when I can spend extra time with the 2nd grade level readers who might actually pass the test? Obviously I don't agree with that idea and I don't think it's what my principal meant at all, I'm just saying I could see it happening- it's like these tests are going to end up doing exactly what they thought they set out to "fix" that the students who are struggling the most are going to be forgotten/ignored so that teachers can focus on getting as many other kids as possible to pass.