Please explain to me why Massachusetts students not only have to take the Iowa Tests but also if in public schools have to do the MCAS as well? Am I missing something? Both are standardized tests designed to gauge both a student’s abilities and rank them against other students. The only difference in my feeble mind is that Iowa ranks nationally, and MCAS for MA only?. But why couldn’t Massachusetts just use their students’ Iowa test scores? I have a feeling MA spent a LOT of money to merely “re-invent the wheel” and line someones pocket. . . . although I will say that its nice for my older daughter to have done well enough on her MCAS that she qualified for and received the John and Abigail Adams 4 yr tuition scholarship to attend WSU.
I remember taking the Iowa tests in school. The “bubbles” were always fun to color in, and I can’t really remember taking the tests very seriously at all. These days, notes get sent home from school advising parents to make sure that their child gets enough sleep, eats a good breakfast and brings a good lunch to school during testing week. Which, for my youngest starts tomorrow. And as a side note – isn’t it a parents job to make sure their child gets enough sleep and eats well EVERY day (not just during testing week)???? Just wondering, because I found it strange to get that note when its what I do every day; reminder not necessary.
Anyway, my younger girl is stressing about the dang tests, when she really has nothing to worry about. She’s bright and she’s beautiful. And because she attends a Catholic school, won’t have to take the MCAS till she gets to High School. We’re heading down the homestretch for the 2011/2012 school year already so high school for Miss Muffet will be here sooner than I think…..