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Test scores are in...ugh
Old 05-08-2019, 05:33 PM
 
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I haven't posted in a long long time. We took our ELA state test a few weeks ago and the scores are in. I have 7 behavior issues in my class. No sooner do I get one calmed down then another blows up. By blowing up I mean; kicking chairs, throwing books/white boards, screaming, tears, tearing up paper, hiding in the cubbies, yelling, screaming...all have happened in my room a lot. The extreme behavior doesn't happen daily but there's always something. I have good management and have been teaching for years. I've always been distinguished in management. I get the kids calmed down and we continue learning but it's like we take two steps forward and three steps back.

So our scores came back and mine were low! Thinking about my class, it's obvious to me that the behaviors of a few have negatively impacted the learning of others. Those "bubble kids" who I normally get up to passing didn't this year. I can't help but to think that they would've passed if we weren't constantly interrupted with the behaviors.

I don't get much support from my admin. When I told him that my scores weren't going to be good because of the behaviors (told him several times throughout the year) he poo-pood my concerns and said he didn't believe me because "you're a great teacher and you'll get those kids where they need to be."

Well now he wants to have me buddy up with a peer who got better scores to help me improve. Those peers who have better scores all admit freely that they don't have the extreme behaviors that I do this year. (the specialist teachers all agree that my class is the worst and that none of them can control my class. They are amazed that I can get any teaching done at all)

I'm all for self reflection to help improve my practice but honestly these scores are reflective of the extreme behaviors. (yes the counselor has worked with them and yes there are ieps for social/emotional, 3 of the 7 are in outside therapy, 1 was retained due to behaviors in first grade, 3 are in friendship groups.) I even had one parent pull her child from the school because the child was fed up with waiting for the other kids to be quiet or pay attention.

I'm just feeling really low. To top that off, we use i-ready for diagnostics. They have been pretty accurate in predicting who will pass the state test. My fall i ready diagnostic predicts that only 33% of my class will pass the math state test. Fall data, so before I have taught anything, I've already failed.

If you finished reading this, thanks for sticking around!!!


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