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MORE IUSD STUDENTS THAN EVER BEFORE ARE BEING PLACED IN LOWER MATH CLASSES, BECAUSE OF A BUNGLED-TESTING SYSTEM - WHICH NEEDS TO BE CHANGED IMMEDIATELY!!! 

YOU CAN HELP YOUR CHILD AND OUR COMMUNITY BY READING AND SIGNING THIS PETITION!!!

Did your child take a Math placement test?
Will your child be taking a Math placement test in the next few years?

THIS WILL IMPACT YOU! 
Only 6.5% of students have passed the Math placement tests

 WHY DOES THIS MATTER?

 If the current IUSD Math testing system remains unchanged, students will have their futures permanently altered based on one high stakes test. Seventh grade students who do not test into Algebra will not be able to pursue a degree or career in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM)  without attending the community college first. Because of this test, students will need to spend 6-7 years in college to get a STEM degree, if they are not too discouraged to attempt such a degree.

Fewer IUSD students will be accepted to elite universities.  It is highly unlikely that a student without high school calculus would be eligible to top University of California campuses (UCLA, UC Berkeley).

Students will have lower SAT scores: College Board Research Report no. 2006-8 (The Impact of Course Taking on Performance on SAT Items) indicates that students with higher level math courses get higher SAT scores.

In addition to impacting students, these high stakes tests impact our home values.  The reason why our homes are highly valued is because we have an amazing school system that prepares students for STEM careers at elite universities.  Who would want to buy a house in an area where one test can wipe away your childs future career?

 IUSD must do three things to change the negative impact of high stakes testing:

 1. Validate that the Algebra placement tests are predictive of success in Algebra. This must be done with IUSD students.

 2. Take into account teacher placement recommendations, current math grade, parent preference and testing into Math placement. 

 3. Ensure the content on any and all Math Placement test(s) are covered in class during the academic school year and does not require outside, aggressive, and expensive tutoring to pass.

 

 If you agree with these three common sense principles, please sign the petition now.

 

 There are three common sense changes that we as parents demand the Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) implement immediately.

 First, IUSD must perform a validity study, on IUSD students, showing how the math placement test predicts math success. Studies from other districts are not valid in IUSD, because our parents are much more involved and willing to provide additional support if their student is struggling. There must be data that demonstrates students scoring below a designated threshold are unsuccessful at the higher level. The only way to validate locally is to allow students into higher math with a variety of scores and map their success. By only allowing the high testing students into the advanced classes, IUSD creates a self fulfilling prophecy. This validity study must be made available to parents on the IUSD website. Until this validity study is completed, parents must be given the opportunity change their child's placement.

 

 Second, IUSD must create a placement program that takes into account multiple measures of student knowledge. These measures must include (1) student math grades (2) teacher recommendation (before testing) (3) parent preference and (4) placement test score.

 Teachers know students abilities best, therefore, teachers should also have their recommendations recorded and given to parents BEFORE students take their placement exam. These great teachers should not have their year of work completely disregarded and replaced by one high stakes test. These tests do not encourage the type of motivation and hard work that we expect from students throughout the school year. Don’t we want student grades to matter?

 

 Third, information covered on a placement test must be consistent with material taught in class throughout the school year. Students should never be tested on information that exceeds the classroom. We choose to live in an area with a very high cost of housing because we have some of the best schools in the nation. There is a problem when over 80% of students who passed the seventh grade placement test relied on high priced after school tutoring. It is completely unacceptable that students must seek additional training outside of the public school system in order to learn material which is on a high stakes test. Sadly, the only way to succeed on the current placement test is to attend high priced after school tutoring. No family should be forced by IUSD to choose between braces and tutoring!

 

 

 

 



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