New Products: STAAR Expository Prompts (4th Grade)

Originally published by AMERICANSCAPEGOAT.COM

JULY 10, 2014

I’m pleased to offer a collection of twenty STAAR-style expository writing prompts at my TPT store for the low price of $1.50.  The  prompts are available in PDF and PowerPoint formats.

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Relabeling Failure Leads to Increased Success

Originally published by AMERICANSCAPEGOAT.COM

July 7, 2014

It is 2014, the year that NCLB had scheduled for American students’ performances on high stakes bubble tests to reach a glorious saturation point marked by 100% passing rates.  We may not have hit our target, but according to some, we still have cause to celebrate. Here in Texas, TEA (Texas Education Agency) recently boasted about the tremendous gains that students have achieved in Biology and Algebra I.  Remarkably, 86% of Texas students who took the Algebra I exam in 2014 managed to pass the test, clearing one of the five exam hurdles that serve as a requirement for graduation in the state.  The proof is in the pudding,  one might say.  The trouble is that you have to read labels very carefully these days to know just what’s being served up to you.  As it turns out, the scores that TEA reported are even more misleading than the claims in a Kevin Trudeau infomercial. Continue reading Relabeling Failure Leads to Increased Success