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shocked

United States

#1 May 21, 2012
Just heard that Lee High algebra I sol test scores had just ten percent passing. Shocking!
parent

United States

#2 May 21, 2012
I have a kid that failed that s o l this year. I didn't realize that many kids failed it.
pythagoras

Novato, CA

#3 May 21, 2012
Way to make yourself feel better about your child's lack of intelligence:

"Little Johnny failed....but so did a lot of others."

If, perhaps, parents would recognize and address their children's short-comings, then the youngin may stand a chance. Instead, we all see mothers and fathers coming to the school to attack the teacher.

Personal accountability, much?
pythagoras

Novato, CA

#4 May 21, 2012
To defend my post from those who are sure to blame the educators:

Algebra I is offered in 8th grade.....not in all cases, but in most (that's over 50% for those of you who's math skills match your offspring).....the class is filled with the motivated students, the intelligent students, the college-bound students, those who will support themselves and be good tax-paying citizens.

That leaves the rest of the students to wait and take it in 9th grade, when they are forced to. Meaning the dumb, lame, and lazy...those who will become the leeches of society and drain the budget with their constant need for free medical care, free cell phones, free food, etc.

So those who took the Algebra I SOL at Lee High are mostly comprised of samples of group 2.

To me, that is a logical explanation of the results. Now...I'll sit back and watch as you all start your conspiracy theories about the teachers not caring about students unless they bear "the right last name" or wear the right clothes or play the right sports.

Ignorance.
shocked

United States

#5 May 22, 2012
Pythagoras, you make excellent points. I did not start this thread hoping for criticism of the teachers, nor did I realize that the best students took the course in 8th. grade. Still, I am shocked at the low percentage, if in fact what I heard is true. My main reason for starting this thread is that I was hoping for verification of the rumor. If true, given that the school more than likely has mostly the same teachers for the past few years, and given the propensity for the teachers to teach not so much the test but towards the test, and given that as I understand it the test is multiple choice, I would think that more than ten percent could guess enough answers to pass. Do the students not even try anymore?
Green Goat

United States

#6 May 22, 2012
Many do not try.
parent

United States

#7 May 22, 2012
pythagoras wrote:
Way to make yourself feel better about your child's lack of intelligence:
"Little Johnny failed....but so did a lot of others."
If, perhaps, parents would recognize and address their children's short-comings, then the youngin may stand a chance. Instead, we all see mothers and fathers coming to the school to attack the teacher.
Personal accountability, much?
I was not trying to defend my child for failing this test. Jowever now that you have brought all this up, not every child is an A student. They might excell in some classes and not the others. That does not mean that they are unintelligent. But since you brought the teacher up, I do think that if only 10% passed then there is a problem somewhere. That is too many kids to not question the teacher.
well

Jonesville, VA

#8 May 22, 2012
parent wrote:
<quoted text>I was not trying to defend my child for failing this test. Jowever now that you have brought all this up, not every child is an A student. They might excell in some classes and not the others. That does not mean that they are unintelligent. But since you brought the teacher up, I do think that if only 10% passed then there is a problem somewhere. That is too many kids to not question the teacher.
I agree with you. We have so many children that cannot read but make the honor roll every quarter. Their test are read to them by aides instead of teaching thesse children to read. They are bright and capable but our school system is letting them down. We need teachers and aides who know how to teach and devote their time to their students,instead of gossiping and playing mind games and doing whatever dirty work their boss tells them to do. People used to respect teachers.
huh

Goodlettsville, TN

#10 May 22, 2012
The SOL testing should be taken out of schools. Go back to the good ole days when they only took them in 6th and 11th grades. I do not agree it falls back on the parents I feel it falls back on the teachers,especially when a large number of children fail then that is an eye opener to the teacher that their teaching strategy needs a little work. I do not think if a child does not take Algebra in 8th grade then they are lazy that is just ridiculous. I never took algebra in school instead I took it after I started college, so yes even though I did not take it in school I did go to college.
actually
#12 May 22, 2012
shocked wrote:
Just heard that Lee High algebra I sol test scores had just ten percent passing. Shocking!
.......it was 30 percent :)
wow

Blacksburg, VA

#15 May 22, 2012
I took honors algebra 2 with Mrs Britton in 9th grade. She sucked as a teacher.
Snuffy

Natural Bridge, VA

#16 May 22, 2012
Check out last week's Powell Valley News insert to really see what schools are doing. All schools are listed and you can see where NOT to send your children.
saul

United States

#17 May 22, 2012
Snuffy wrote:
Check out last week's Powell Valley News insert to really see what schools are doing. All schools are listed and you can see where NOT to send your children.
Those numbers are not all accurate. They were copied and pasted in there and some got mixed up. I know st charles were all lower than what they actually were.
Teacher

Murfreesboro, TN

#18 May 22, 2012
The math programs at lee high are a joke.that is all.
Actuallity

Natural Bridge, VA

#19 May 22, 2012
Teacher no longer have the freedom to teach. They have to "try to train" the students to pass the SOL test. No some have failed to do this, but the students have some of the blame to the failure of the test. The system is failing us. Not just the teachers.
Need Parents Help

Racine, OH

#21 Jun 2, 2012
There are things that are going on in students' home environment that has a great effect on what they do at school. One student who failed the SOL tests, said the night before, her mother had found her dad was cheating on her and the student was up all night scared because of what was going on. How are teachers suppose to combat that. They can do their jobs but if kids are sitting in classrooms with this kind of stuff on their minds, how are teachers suppose to teach them? Unfortunately, this is too often the case.
N B K

United States

#22 Jun 3, 2012
well 70%fail and you are blaming a student even after schools send home letters saying that the test was changed and teachers was not prepared.
What does that say about you now students will not trust the teachers.
Need Parents Help

Esperance, NY

#23 Jun 3, 2012
I wasn't blaming the student if you look my posts. I'm saying things are happening in these kids homes, with their parents, etc, that has them worrying so much, learning take second place with them. You failed to get my point that some of the reasons kids don't do well, is not the students themselves but their home environment and parents. Try to teach a child who has one parent in the home and the "significant" other resents the child so much they look for ways to get that child in trouble with their parent who always takes the side of their boyfriend/girlfriend. There are so many kids like this. Try to understand what I'm saying.
WOW

Elliston, VA

#24 Jun 3, 2012
Dumba$$ teachers blame the the students home life. You have had all year to teach this stuff. Take a pay cut, you FAILED.
Sheet Stirrer

Novato, CA

#25 Jun 4, 2012
We are out of control. People aren't going to stand for it any longer. We've got to get the SOL up. It's the Mayors fault and Town Council. What are we going to do.

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