Preliminary test results show fewer s...

Preliminary test results show fewer schools met federal targets

There are 9 comments on the The Gaston Gazette story from Jul 21, 2008, titled Preliminary test results show fewer schools met federal targets. In it, The Gaston Gazette reports that:

Gaston County Schools Superintendent Reeves McGlohon said he's not surprised to see preliminary test results showing that fewer schools met federal targets even though more students met target goals.

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Sensible

Charlotte, NC

#2 Jul 25, 2008
What NCLB shows is the problems of society - not the quality of education. You can't teach a kid whose mother works at night and there's no dad at home. You can't teach a kid who has been on the internet until 3:00 a.m. or who couldn't sleep because his Dad was beating the crap out of his mother half the night. You can't teach a kid whose parents don't value education and transmit those "values". You can't teach a kid who has so many drugs in his bloodstream...get the picture? Poor teachers- I wonder there are any left in the classroom.

“Are we there yet?”

Since: Jan 08

Belmont since 1995 St Pauls NC

#4 Jul 25, 2008
Sensible wrote:
What NCLB shows is the problems of society - not the quality of education. You can't teach a kid whose mother works at night and there's no dad at home. You can't teach a kid who has been on the internet until 3:00 a.m. or who couldn't sleep because his Dad was beating the crap out of his mother half the night. You can't teach a kid whose parents don't value education and transmit those "values". You can't teach a kid who has so many drugs in his bloodstream...get the picture? Poor teachers- I wonder there are any left in the classroom.
You hit the nail on the head. I wrote an editorial on this issue earlier this year. When we can change "society" and basically do magic, then No Child Will Be Left Behind. Until then, the teachers will continue to do the best they can with the resources they have. I have neighbors across from me that could care less whether their 11 yr old daughter gets to school or not. Social Services visited their house numerous times prior to school ending this past year. The girl is caught in the middle of a battle she has no control over, and my heart goes out to any child living in this situation. Sadly her parents main concern is sleeping till noon, and partying all night.

Since: Jul 08

Charlotte, NC

#6 Jul 25, 2008
Hush little boy who needs attention- we don't talk to you.

Since: Jul 08

Charlotte, NC

#8 Jul 25, 2008
Didn't get your editorship, did you! HeHe! Wonder why - misfit?!
justsayin

Charlotte, NC

#10 Jul 25, 2008
In regards to NCLB:

When parents send kids to school who aren't even potty trained it takes several years to get those children caught up to where they are supposed to be and sometimes they never catch up.

As far as the AYP requirements....a school has to have 100% of every sub group be proficient to meet NCLB standards.
These subgroups can be different from year to year based on the school's enrollment.
If you have even one student who can't speak English fail the test than the whole school fails the meet AYP.
If you have even one poor student who never comes to school because their parents keep them home to babysit their siblings and they fail the test...then the whole school doesn't make AYP.

There are some slack teachers as with any industry but they are such a small percentage that it can't account for an entire district...hell, an entire school not making AYP.

I've taught for 15 years and the only thing that has changed is the increased accountability on the teachers (which I welcome) while the accountability on the parents has decreased.

“Are we there yet?”

Since: Jan 08

Belmont since 1995 St Pauls NC

#12 Jul 25, 2008
Bard of Belmont wrote:
Yeah its all the Parents problem.
We'll see, ain't your son about ten?
We'll see. Best of Luck, that's what you need.
I have noticed you think you don't stink. You smell just like everyone else. We'll see.
Luck of the Draw is what every Parent is faced with as any Parent who has raised a kid will tell you.
Go back to feel good in your delusion.
How many KIDS do you have Bart? God forbid there are reproductions of you walking around.

Since: Jul 08

Charlotte, NC

#14 Jul 25, 2008
Lord, how frightening. If they were young I'd called social services on his IP!I hate to think what those kids had to endure!
Theresa

Charlotte, NC

#16 Jul 27, 2008
NC isn't known for good schools though they seem to be getting better? Educated parents, or at least ones who care about their children's education and get involved, do have smarter kids, it's been proven! If you need me to PROVE it, I feel sorry for you, just get involved!
And I see too many fat retards around here with kids its sad and scary...
justsayin

Charlotte, NC

#18 Jul 27, 2008
Theresa wrote:
NC isn't known for good schools though they seem to be getting better? Educated parents, or at least ones who care about their children's education and get involved, do have smarter kids, it's been proven! If you need me to PROVE it, I feel sorry for you, just get involved!
And I see too many fat retards around here with kids its sad and scary...
I hope you're not a fellow collegue! If so, I beg you to read "The Giftedness of Poverty" by Paul Slocumb. If I thought only the kids of involved or educated parents were able to learn then I'd "lose" 75% of my students.

Where's this proof you're talking about? What report are you using? Children of involved parents may get better grades but that doesn't mean they are smarter. It just means they have someone at home to help them (do it for them all too often).

"fat retards"? What ugly speech.

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