As area schools resume classes, thoughts turn to TAKS

Full story: El Paso Times 11
Students and teachers throughout El Paso are back in class and the new semester will be spent largely preparing for the coming TAKS tests. Full Story
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El Paso, TX

#1 Jan 10, 2011
You may want to check your facts--the TAKS test continues through the 11th grade (exit level, passing required to graduate) for all students.
Dan Wever

El Paso, TX

#2 Jan 10, 2011
Ah January, and we are worrying about the March TAKS test already. It tickles me when educators say they are not teaching to the test. What they are really doing is scientifically teaching to the test.
And since the TAKS test is really big business it is important that the public be kept in the dark about its workings.
Notice when the TEA or schools districts talk about the TAKS test they always quote Social Studies results. In this article they say Canutillo has 93 Percent passing the Social studies test. Most parents and taxpayers that see this would probably think that at least the students are doing good I Social Studies but how good is 93% of the students passing?
What is passing?
Well the 8th and 11th grades require a whopping 44 to pass the test.
The 10th grade raised the bar clear to 50 in order to pass.
These passing grades in combination with the many many students that are not counted in the results and the addition of the TPM which allows districts and schools to count some students that fail the test to be counted as passing the test if educators think they will be able to pass the test some time in the future make the accountability system in Texas a joke. The only problem is that it is a joke on the public and taxpayers.

http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/perfreport/aeis...
Search for Social Studies
Rachel

United States

#3 Jan 10, 2011
Let the cheating begin!
federation teacher

Apache Junction, AZ

#4 Jan 10, 2011
Dan Wever wrote:
Ah January, and we are worrying about the March TAKS test already. It tickles me when educators say they are not teaching to the test. What they are really doing is scientifically teaching to the test.
And since the TAKS test is really big business it is important that the public be kept in the dark about its workings.
Notice when the TEA or schools districts talk about the TAKS test they always quote Social Studies results. In this article they say Canutillo has 93 Percent passing the Social studies test. Most parents and taxpayers that see this would probably think that at least the students are doing good I Social Studies but how good is 93% of the students passing?
What is passing?
Well the 8th and 11th grades require a whopping 44 to pass the test.
The 10th grade raised the bar clear to 50 in order to pass.
These passing grades in combination with the many many students that are not counted in the results and the addition of the TPM which allows districts and schools to count some students that fail the test to be counted as passing the test if educators think they will be able to pass the test some time in the future make the accountability system in Texas a joke. The only problem is that it is a joke on the public and taxpayers.
http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/perfreport/aeis...
Search for Social Studies
Dan, you're such a fat bastard. What was the passing rate on TAKS when you were the board president? Come on, Dan, you're complaining about the passing rates of today, but what was the passing rate when you were the board president? Did you complain back then? Compare today's TAKS to when you were the leader of the board. By the way, when you were the leader of the board, you forgave ACCESS for millions of dollars, therefore screwing the district. You made the motion, Dan. Sal, Mr. plead guilty to corruption, seconded your motion. Come on, Dan, address these two issues.
By the way, quick trying to suck my federation leader to your lunch parties with your favorite friend and try to convince her to lead the federation into the gutter. We just got out of the gutter that you and Frances left us with. Don't worry about my later suggestions, answer the first two questions please.
federation teacher

Apache Junction, AZ

#5 Jan 10, 2011
Dan Wever wrote:
Ah January, and we are worrying about the March TAKS test already. It tickles me when educators say they are not teaching to the test. What they are really doing is scientifically teaching to the test.
And since the TAKS test is really big business it is important that the public be kept in the dark about its workings.
Notice when the TEA or schools districts talk about the TAKS test they always quote Social Studies results. In this article they say Canutillo has 93 Percent passing the Social studies test. Most parents and taxpayers that see this would probably think that at least the students are doing good I Social Studies but how good is 93% of the students passing?
What is passing?
Well the 8th and 11th grades require a whopping 44 to pass the test.
The 10th grade raised the bar clear to 50 in order to pass.
These passing grades in combination with the many many students that are not counted in the results and the addition of the TPM which allows districts and schools to count some students that fail the test to be counted as passing the test if educators think they will be able to pass the test some time in the future make the accountability system in Texas a joke. The only problem is that it is a joke on the public and taxpayers.
http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/perfreport/aeis...
Search for Social Studies
Dan, I might have confused you when I said passing rate. Let me clarify so that your ignorance won't become a problem. You complain that the difficulty of the test of today is very low. However, tell us about the difficulty of the test when you were president and Frances was the leader of the federation. You've all had such a cozy relationship, no wonder the district was in the toilet. Anyway, don't worry about my additional comments, but do a comparison of the difficulty of the test of when you were president compared to today. Come on, Dan. Put your oxygen bottle aside.
Dan Wever

El Paso, TX

#6 Jan 11, 2011
federation teacher wrote:
<quoted text>Dan, I might have confused you when I said passing rate. Let me clarify so that your ignorance won't become a problem. You complain that the difficulty of the test of today is very low. However, tell us about the difficulty of the test when you were president and Frances was the leader of the federation. You've all had such a cozy relationship, no wonder the district was in the toilet. Anyway, don't worry about my additional comments, but do a comparison of the difficulty of the test of when you were president compared to today. Come on, Dan. Put your oxygen bottle aside.
If you are really a teacher I know why so many of our students are having problems.
federation teacher

United States

#7 Jan 11, 2011
Dan Wever wrote:
Ah January, and we are worrying about the March TAKS test already. It tickles me when educators say they are not teaching to the test. What they are really doing is scientifically teaching to the test.
And since the TAKS test is really big business it is important that the public be kept in the dark about its workings.
Notice when the TEA or schools districts talk about the TAKS test they always quote Social Studies results. In this article they say Canutillo has 93 Percent passing the Social studies test. Most parents and taxpayers that see this would probably think that at least the students are doing good I Social Studies but how good is 93% of the students passing?
What is passing?
Well the 8th and 11th grades require a whopping 44 to pass the test.
The 10th grade raised the bar clear to 50 in order to pass.
These passing grades in combination with the many many students that are not counted in the results and the addition of the TPM which allows districts and schools to count some students that fail the test to be counted as passing the test if educators think they will be able to pass the test some time in the future make the accountability system in Texas a joke. The only problem is that it is a joke on the public and taxpayers.
http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/perfreport/aeis...
Search for Social Studies
Okay you sorry person. You state that the test is so easy that the Texas accountability system is a joke. But the joke is on the taxpayer. Then you played the biggest joke on the taxpayers when you were on the board, because back then, the test was ultra super easy, the scores were pathetic and you were in charge. So it's you that played the ultimate joke on the taxpayers by making them think that you were an outstanding board member. The reality, you fat ugly bastard, is that you lied to the El Paso community and today you try to make yourself look good by dogging the difficulty of the test.Just to give you a small idea, back in the good ole days, I had friends that worked for ACCESS, and you forgave us for millions of dollars. You didn't hold ACCESS accountable. Now you sit back with your oxygen bottle, get high on oxygen and act almighty. By the way, Dan--you still have not answered the question. I gave you more clues here today so that you could tell us about the test that you oversaw, and you can tell us how difficult it was back then. Answer the question--how many times are you avoiding the question. Please don't give me any excuses.
stunna

United States

#8 Jan 16, 2011
La neta se los voy a decir like it is el taks no vale verga es una prueba stupid ke no ase demostrate nada ........ me vale verga lambanme la verga dos veces
Josh Taxpayer

El Paso, TX

#9 Jan 17, 2011
And because of all the smoke and mirrors that would Sigfreid and Roy envious, El Paso will emerge a sheer genius. Strange, how that happens some of those kids can't even speak english or write their names without modifications.
I am very suspicious of this EPISD as it seems they are here only to get a free ride from the taxpayer one way or another. Insurance scams, testing procedures fraud, enrollment irregularities, family restraining orders on the Superintendent, mistresses, among a few of the scandals that add to my lack of belief in this system.
Taxpayers need to rid themselves of the entire system and not allow this to happen again.
Central office clerk

El Paso, TX

#10 Jan 27, 2011
federation teacher wrote:
<quoted text>Dan, you're such a fat bastard. What was the passing rate on TAKS when you were the board president? Come on, Dan, you're complaining about the passing rates of today, but what was the passing rate when you were the board president? Did you complain back then? Compare today's TAKS to when you were the leader of the board. By the way, when you were the leader of the board, you forgave ACCESS for millions of dollars, therefore screwing the district. You made the motion, Dan. Sal, Mr. plead guilty to corruption, seconded your motion. Come on, Dan, address these two issues.
By the way, quick trying to suck my federation leader to your lunch parties with your favorite friend and try to convince her to lead the federation into the gutter. We just got out of the gutter that you and Frances left us with. Don't worry about my later suggestions, answer the first two questions please.
Hay Dummy,
When I was on the board there was no TAKS test!
Dan Wever

El Paso, TX

#11 Feb 16, 2011
federation teacher wrote:
<quoted text>Dan, I might have confused you when I said passing rate. Let me clarify so that your ignorance won't become a problem. You complain that the difficulty of the test of today is very low. However, tell us about the difficulty of the test when you were president and Frances was the leader of the federation. You've all had such a cozy relationship, no wonder the district was in the toilet. Anyway, don't worry about my additional comments, but do a comparison of the difficulty of the test of when you were president compared to today. Come on, Dan. Put your oxygen bottle aside.
I could put my O2 bottle aside, be embalmed and still have more sense that you. You are not a teacher and you do not belong to the federation.

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