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Date: Mon Oct 11 2004 - 15:09:06 PDT

Okay, I'm not sure I can do this another day, let alone the rest of the
   Monday mornings, spend the first 20 minutes (always longer) on State
Assessment practice questions. This is my prep period, so I am assigned to
another teacher as a partner.
Wednesdays, every class beginis with a state assessment warm up question in
reading or math. This is going to go to twice weekly, then three times weekly
as we get closer to the assessments in March. Supposedly 5 to 7 minutes--you
know how that goes.
Wednesday, department or team meetings (during prep or team time) with the
staff development teacher, to explain what we are doing with the assessments the
following MOnday.
THIS Wednesday, begin the morning with a two hour practice assessment.
Mostly Scantron. Each teacher is to record the data on each of thirty questions
for each student so we know where they are having trouble.
Every three weeks, spend every class period filling out p rogress reports in
triplicate--one goes home, one to counselor, one to team leader. NOW, at the
end of the day, when they are collected, teachers must flag all Ds and Es on
every report.
SO THAT the data can be compiled, and we will get a list back of each kid who
received a D or E from us, and explain what we did to intervene.
BESIDES a brand new grading system (countywide) this year, which is very
specific, and disallows any discretion to consider effort, participation, or
attendance. The question is, Was the standard met, or not? But, we will record
learning skills scores in each of those areas for every class on the report
card. We are to use a 4,3,2,1 scale, or a 50 to 100 scale. Even if work is not
turned in, on the 50 to 100 scale, it may not get less than a 50.
Walk throughs all the time, looking for posted Essential Questions, Enduring
Understandings, mastery Objectives, and a notebook of lesson plans, written in
the "new lessonese" on your desk and accessible to observers.
"Focus Groups" to talk about the new grading and reporting system once a m
onth, after school BEFORE our committee meetings.
  It goes on and on and on--oh yes, instead of two afternoons for parent
conferences, our school holds conferences from 1 till 7, after we already taught
all our classes in a half day. I am exhausted.
Thanks for listening--wish I felt better already. I love the kids, and I
love teaching art--but this year is it for me.
Judy S