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Kindergarte children being tested with city wide testing standardsWhy are 5 year olds...

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oliviasmom | Elementary School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 22, 2008 at 1:49 AM via web

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Kindergarte children being tested with city wide testing standards

Why are 5 year olds the target of a pilot program in NYC to test their knwowledge of comprehension when most cannot even read?

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 22, 2008 at 7:18 AM (Answer #2)

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It seems that the standards are beginning earlier and earlier in an attempt to change our status among international countries...this is especially true in the areas of math and science.  The kindergarteners will probably be tested using images and graphs instead of words in order to get a handle on their basic knowledge skills.

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted October 22, 2008 at 7:59 AM (Answer #3)

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That's a very good question, and it looks like many parents are beginning to rebel against these "standards." The latest NCTE newsletter cites an article in The New York Times about how many New York parents are delaying the age their children begin formal schooling. Here's a link to that article:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/16/garden/16unschool.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 20, 2012 at 9:16 PM (Answer #5)

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Testing 5 year olds with bubble sheets is definitely a bad idea.  Kids this age do not understand the purpose of standardized tests.  They also are going to be put under undue stress if they do realize what the test is for!

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