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Kindy kids sit standardised tests – 100 questions, all on computer

Be very, very clear on this, New Zealand parents – this is where National Standards, charter schools, performance pay and all of the other Global Education Reforms (GERM) lead.  It is no accidental path.  Stay quiet if this is what you think is right – if this is what you want.  But if it’s not, then you really do need to start learning what is happening and start speaking out.

 UPDATED WITH MORE INFORMATION HERE (22/3/14)

This from a fellow teacher in California.

“My kindergarteners had their standardized computerized test today.

crying childThere were over 100 questions. Answers were selected by drop and drag with a trackpad, no mouse is available. One class took five hours to finish. Kids crying in 4 of 5 classes. Multiple computer crashes (“okay, you just sit right there while we fix it! Don’t talk to anyone!”). Kids sitting for half hour with volume off on headsets but not saying anything. Kids accidentally swapping tangled headsets and not even noticing what they heard had nothing to do with what they saw on the screen. Kids having to solve 8+6 when the answer choices are 0-9 and having to DRAG AND DROP first a 1 then a 4 to form a 14. Some questions where it was only necessary to click an answer but the objects were movable (for no reason). No verbal explanation that you must click the little speaker square to hear the instructions. To go to the next question, one clicks “next” in lower right-hand corner…..which is also where the pop-up menu comes up to take you to other programs or shut down, so many shut-downs or kids winding up in a completely different program.

If this is not what you want for your kids and grandkids, you’d better start making some noise. Ten years ago we would’ve thought this would be literally impossible.”

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Teachers in the USA – you may want to join BATs in fighting these reforms.

Teachers in New Zealand you may wish to join the Kiwi BATs to raise your teacher voice.

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6 thoughts on “Kindy kids sit standardised tests – 100 questions, all on computer

  1. I dont care of their programme is legal they should be arrested for causing such detrimental trauma these kids will need emotional affection to calm their nerves & subconscience. Mungrels need tdamn well wake the hell up & start treating our children with the dignity & respect the deserve. Absolutely disgusting, state of these people my goodness they aught tbe ashamed of themselves treating our babies like theyr robots irrrrggg makes me so angry

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    Posted by Esther Bhana | March 21, 2014, 11:20 pm
  2. This is utterly appalling. It’s so bad that you start thinking – ‘Is this a joke?’ Oh how I wish it were so. Testing at this age is hideous enough, but to then make the wee tots deal with computer problems as well – which ALWAYS happened in testing, believe me – it’s criminal.

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    Posted by Alison | March 22, 2014, 8:09 am
  3. Reblogged this on My Thinks and commented:
    This is exactly what will happen – probably in about 15 years… that is the unfortunate thing. Most parents voting for national standards now will not have their children go through this kind of education system.

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    Posted by boonman | March 22, 2014, 8:42 am

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