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Old February 29th, 2012, 09:14 PM
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Fianlly here! We sail April 8th, so time is finally getting short.
Not as short as some of you, but short!!!!
I hear ya!!! time is flying by now!! Hope you have a wonderful cruise
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I hear ya!!! time is flying by now!! Hope you have a wonderful cruise
I sail sooner!! THREE MORE DAYS SUCKAH!!!!
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Old February 29th, 2012, 10:06 PM
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Fianlly here! We sail April 8th, so time is finally getting short.
Not as short as some of you, but short!!!!
I'm some of you! We booked for this Spring Break in June of 2010. After almost 2 years, we're finally closing in on single digits!


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I sail sooner!! THREE MORE DAYS SUCKAH!!!!
I hope you have a great time! Oh, and please hurry home!
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Next week is TAKS testing for us. (Retesters and English) Following week is Spring Break. Whoo Hooo!
Thought they got rid of TAKS testing...
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Thought they got rid of TAKS testing...
Nope...supposed to be replaced by the STAARs test next year, I think...if the TEA can get it together.
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Nope...supposed to be replaced by the STAARs test next year, I think...if the TEA can get it together.
STAAR does start this year, however there is still some TAKS testing for high schoolers. Most students (sophomores and higher) who started high school under TAKS will still test under the old system while STAAR is phased in, and the TAKS test will still be used for retesters (kids who have completed their high school coursework but haven't graduated because they haven't passed their exit level or end-of-course TAKS tests).

For high school freshmen, students in elementary school, and students in middle school, STAAR starts this year.

Just think how much more we could teach if we didn't have to spend WEEKS of a school year testing! But since nobody asked for my opinion...
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Cindy, I totally agree with you. Wonder if they will change the name in 3 or 4 years again? It seems like they are always testing. Get thru next week and enjoy your cruise. You deserve it!!
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Thought they got rid of TAKS testing...
I work at a drop out recovery program. All mine are still under the old testing. It may take past next year for me to really hit the new testing. All Freshmen at high school this year move on the new and MUCH harder testing. Get ready for the whining to begin.
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We are right there with you sredish!! This is going to be a fun cruise!!
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Told you--you should have grabbed one of those good deals!! Will miss your smiling face!
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STAAR does start this year, however there is still some TAKS testing for high schoolers. Most students (sophomores and higher) who started high school under TAKS will still test under the old system while STAAR is phased in, and the TAKS test will still be used for retesters (kids who have completed their high school coursework but haven't graduated because they haven't passed their exit level or end-of-course TAKS tests).

For high school freshmen, students in elementary school, and students in middle school, STAAR starts this year.

Just think how much more we could teach if we didn't have to spend WEEKS of a school year testing! But since nobody asked for my opinion...
One of my daughters is leaving the teaching field after 10 years. She has just had it. Got a new supt. in our district and to say it has been an awful year down here would be an understatement. I know exactly what you mean! I knew it wasn't completely gone, but maybe was confused about the high school students still taking it!
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Close all the Texas ISD offices. Put the Principal back in charge. Get rid of the career administrators, pay teachers bonuses for educating kids, fire those that hang around (the same ones, if you had a choice, you wouldn't let train your dog) for a paycheck and a fat retirement check.

But, that will never happen. We all think our school district is the good one and all the others are the bad ones.
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One of my daughters is leaving the teaching field after 10 years. She has just had it. Got a new supt. in our district and to say it has been an awful year down here would be an understatement. I know exactly what you mean! I knew it wasn't completely gone, but maybe was confused about the high school students still taking it!
I hate seeing how many talented teachers are looking elsewhere because of the state of education. We've had a lot of changes this year too. In addition to the new accountability system we also have a new superintendent. I'm glad I've got my 30 years in...it's time to do something different!

Here's something that boggles my mind...our kids will take STAAR later this month and in April, and we should get scores the last week of school. The only problem is the scores won't mean anything. The state isn't going to tell schools what the passing standard was until JANUARY OF 2013! That means everybody will be half way through the next school year without any meaningful way of evaluating their instructional program and making necessary changes. What kind of way is that to operate a state accountability system?

Sorry, rant over. How many days until I get on a ship?
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Here's something that boggles my mind...our kids will take STAAR later this month and in April, and we should get scores the last week of school. The only problem is the scores won't mean anything. The state isn't going to tell schools what the passing standard was until JANUARY OF 2013! That means everybody will be half way through the next school year without any meaningful way of evaluating their instructional program and making necessary changes. What kind of way is that to operate a state accountability system?

Sorry, rant over. How many days until I get on a ship?
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I hate seeing how many talented teachers are looking elsewhere

Some years ago, well OK many years ago, I managed a specialized data processing group. We had trouble identifying candidates that would last at the job and be good at it. Eventually we hit on the almost perfect match: young, female, high school math teachers. After that we were rarely disappointed
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I hate seeing how many talented teachers are looking elsewhere because of the state of education. We've had a lot of changes this year too. In addition to the new accountability system we also have a new superintendent. I'm glad I've got my 30 years in...it's time to do something different!

Here's something that boggles my mind...our kids will take STAAR later this month and in April, and we should get scores the last week of school. The only problem is the scores won't mean anything. The state isn't going to tell schools what the passing standard was until JANUARY OF 2013! That means everybody will be half way through the next school year without any meaningful way of evaluating their instructional program and making necessary changes. What kind of way is that to operate a state accountability system?

Sorry, rant over. How many days until I get on a ship?
The issue w the new tests is crazy. The TH Rogers kids take all these tests instead of spending those days advancing academics. A huge chunk of dd grade performs at college level standards per Stamford... So that makes me think the college level standards on she tests are not strong or the THR kids are way ahead....I have no idea what the regular classes are taking now since dd has always been vanguard.

I would rather take her on an exploration of Africa during the test so she could be even more worldly than the star test will ever help her be. Considering a Princess Singapore to Cape Town cruise but she would miss star and get home at five am when they start Stanford tests..
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