Do not make a child repeat a grade level because they fail this test
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Indiana Department of Education

Do not make a child repeat a grade level because they fail this test

    1. Maggie Crabtree
    2. Petition by

      Maggie Crabtree

      Muncie, IN

Below you find some of my concerns and opinions regarding the Public law 109 IREAD 3 test: If a child does not pass this test they will automatically be held back in the 3rd grade and can be retained for 2 years straight. I am very concerned about the long term affects this test will have on our children in the event that they are held back in the 3rd grade for not passing this ONE test. How can any child be retained over ONE test? If you have a child that makes A's and B's (including reading) but yet they do not pass the IREAD 3, what message is this sending to that child? If this test means that much to the State and the board of education then why are we keeping grades on these children from Kindergarten - 3rd grade? and are we telling the children that all other subjects in school mean nothing? Say for instance you have a child that makes good grades but doesn't take tests well and fails the IREAD 3 and then you have a child that makes all D's but passes this test and moves on to the 4th grade, What's the message there? It seems that all the "genius people", and I use the term loosely, that have set the guidelines on this test have forgotten what it was like to be an 8 and 9 year old child in school. I have to wonder why we as a society are allowing our state the right to place such huge demands on OUR kids. The people that are in the department of education, law makers, congress, etc. DID NOT have any of these high stakes test in their grade school and I would bet they would say they have turned out quite well and I would bet that alot of them who have children of their own that have gone through school also didn't have these types of tests. Let me get one thing straight here I don't have a problem with given these kinds of tests to our children but what I do have a HUGE problem with is the fact that my child or someone else's child will be retained if they do not pass. I have discovered that some of the other states that have used these "high stakes tests" have found that it does not benefit a child to be held back from failing one test but showed that on average, children who were retained were worse off in both personal adjustment and academics than their promoted counterparts and students who repeated a grade were significantly more likely to drop out of high school than students who didn't repeat a grade. These tests are about failure. They are telling children in our state, you don't measure up. You fail to meet basic minimum standards and for those who do fail it is a tragic consequence in their life. Children's test scores on these proficiency tests are a poor indication of solid academic instruction and content knowledge, yet individual children will be penalized or rewarded solely on the basis of these test scores. How is it that I, as a parent, have NO say so in whether my child will or will not be promoted to the next grade level? Not all children will be proficient in reading or math! I feel that these types of tests restrictions will ultimately cut out a lot of excellent future skill trades workers, white collar workers, health care workers and etc. When you really think about it these kinds of tests are like taking all children of a particular grade level and throwing them all out into the middle of a lake and for those who can swim will make it to land but unfortunately the others will just drown and there isn't a darn thing that we as parents can do to protect them. It makes me sad to look around and see how off track our community has gone. What do I tell my 9 year old daughter in the event she has a bad test day and does not pass the IREAD 3? Further more when the state passes a law that takes my child's future out of my hands, what's next?

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    1. Indiana Parents for fair testing website link

      Maggie Crabtree
      Petition Organizer

      this website has alot of resource info

    2. We need to make sure this bill passes

      Maggie Crabtree
      Petition Organizer

      HOUSE BILL No. 1176 (3) The fiscal impact of each component of the plan, if any. In determining whether a component has a fiscal impact, consideration shall be given to whether the component will increase costs to the state or a school corporation or require the state or school corporation to reallocate resources.
      (b) Before a student may be retained in grade 3 under
      subsection (a)(2), the retention must be approved by the student's parent, teacher, and principal. A below grade level score on a reading assessment may not be the sole reason for retaining a student in grade 3.

    3. Reached 100 signatures
    4. This was posted by one of our great supportors Loretta Phillips on facebook

      Maggie Crabtree
      Petition Organizer

      When asked where he stood on his state’s initiative to hold back third graders, educational psychologist David Berliner — the Regents Professor of Education at Arizona State University — was blunt in his assessment.

      “It seems like legislators are absolutely ignorant of the research, and the research is amazingly consistent that holding kids back is detrimental,” Berliner said. “Everybody supports the idea that if a student isn’t reading well in third grade that it’s a signal that the child needs help. If you hold them back, you’re going to spend roughly another $10,000 per child for an extra year of schooling. If you spread out that $10,000 over the fourth and fifth grades for extra tutoring, in the long run you’re going to get a better outcome.”

    5. Let our voices be heard!!!!!

      Maggie Crabtree
      Petition Organizer

      I found this article regarding the State of Texas and the backlash against student testing.

    6. Reached 50 signatures

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    • jody mcmullen ANDERSON, IN
      • almost 2 years ago

      my son is going through the same thing in second, they r talking about retention after a whole year of a's and b's! tell me how that works!!!!????

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    • Linda Stephen ALPHARETTA, GA
      • almost 2 years ago

      It is incomprehensible that possible retention is based on one test score. One wonders how reliable this test is. Retention is a HUGE deal to educators. A lot of work samples, meetings among those who work closely with the child, and discussion goes into the decision to retain. And it is a decision filled with thought and reflection. Retention based on one test = cruel!

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    • Monica Brooks INDIANAPOLIS, IN
      • almost 2 years ago

      I have a third grader that is waiting on the results of her test. Everyday I am on edge for my daughter. My daughter struggles to read at a fast speed (fluently). It is not that she cannot read and comprehend, but she is not reading fast enough for her school. I do not like that the test is timed, because every child reads and learns differently. I struggled in reading up until the first part of my 5th grade year, but I got it eventually. I graduated from high school, and have a college degree. The test should be an assessment for children so the teachers can get the study materials to help them excel. I do not know what the outcome is going to be, but I do not believe one test should determine their future. My daughter told me if I do not pass my test I do not want to go back to my school next year. I can totally understand she does not want to be embarrassed. Find another way, or the therapist are going to have a lot of kids with depression issues at 8 and 9 years old.

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    • Melissa Allen LAS VEGAS, NV
      • about 2 years ago

      This happened to me when I lived in Greenwood, IN.

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    • Brooke Higdon FRANKLIN, IN
      • about 2 years ago

      This test should serve as a means to get additional help for children who struggle with reading, NOT as a pass/fail test. Just because they don't pass a reading test does NOT mean they should have to repeat a whole grade. That kind of thinking will be detrimental to the already low self-esteem of kids who struggle with reading.

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