Standardsand Assessment Reflection
Student name 1: Jenna Dubinoff
Topic: Special EducationStandards and Assessments
This topic is all about specialeducations’ evaluations and standards in ensuring that all studentsincluding the disabled ones receive a high-quality education. Thus,it is a requirement for all schools to accommodate disabled studentsto give them a chance of demonstrating their knowledge and skills tolearn and develop on their particular disabilities. Also, theExceptional Children Council ensures that educators are efficientthrough developing their skills and knowledge in a professional way.The education act of individuals with disabilities is the US law thatsupports children with disabilities to access education withoutdiscrimination (Yorke, 2016). This law is based on six principlesincluding parent participation, procedural due process leastrestrictive environment nondiscriminatory evaluation and zeroregret. Individualized education programs (IEP) create individuallearning roadmaps in which the six principles are fulfilled toachieve the best education for the student with disabilities.Accordingly, the IEP eliminate the problem of meeting the common corestandards of all the students by addressing the individual needs ofeach disables student.
I find this topic verypersuasive. Starting from how the assessments and criteria of specialeducation are applied to cater for disabled students, to how schoolsare expected to accommodate them and to how educators are developedto become competent professionals. I believe that if the way thistopic is explained is what happens on the ground, the students withdisabilities are well catered for in receiving their education. Eventhe Council for Exceptional Children strongly asserts that theyguarantee that these students will receive appropriate support intheir learning process (Yorke, 2016). Since disable students havedifferent disabilities, Individualized Education Programs aretherefore put in place to cater for each student depending on his orher disability. Consequently, the IEP are designed to include theparent, student and the teacher to form a plan that will suit aspecific student to learn the best.
Studentname 2: Weijia Ren
This topic focuses on thecapabilities and inadequateness of NCLB. The aim of No Child LeftBehind Act is shutting the gaps of achievement for every student aswell as achieving the proficiency in learning skills through choice,flexibility, and accountability. It uses Standard tests of Englishand Math to gauge whether each school is attaining its yearlyachievements goals. If the schools fail to reach the target for morethan three years, the school may be closed despite other sanctionswithin those years. Although these tests may help the school toperform well, they are not the best evaluation method because they donot consider the curriculum design of others activities such asstudent’s interactions. Hence, the law needs to be revised to helpthe students rather than leaving them behind.
I think that NCLB has notachieved its purpose even though its ideas and goals were excellent.Standard tests of certain subjects should not be the sole factor toconsider whether the school has made its goals or not because it hasfailed and left many students behind. The measure of achievementsshould be all round because some students may fail the standard testsand succeed in other activities (Yorke, 2016). Therefore, I believethat the law can shut all the gaps if it uses a wider approach ofmeasuring the achievements.
Studentname 3: Laura Bauer
This topic is about the historyof Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), its meaning to teachers and itshelp or hindrance to learners. This act was signed in 2015 by formerPresident Obama in his last term before Trump joined the presidentialoffice. The Republicans have started to change ESSA despite BetsyDeVos agreeing to adhere to the act, thus blocking itsaccountability. This law recognizes other subjects such as music tobe important as Math and English for the sake of identifying a wellround student. However, this does not solve the achievement gap giventhat it operates in an environment with little regulation.
I find this topic a littleconfusing because the ESSA sounds like an answer to the gap left byNCLB act, but then there seems to be no accountability on the act.Thus, even if every student is required to succeed, there will be noroom for that success if rules are broken and no accountability offederal funds (Yorke, 2016). This law can answer to all thosestudents with other capabilities other than those of reading andpassing Math, however, unless the strict regulation is employed thislaw will not succeed.
Studentname 4: Haley Silva
This topic is for the purpose ofcreating Common Core, scope and area of coverage, pros, and its cons.It was set up to provide consistent and clear learning goals ofassisting the students to make and capture starting steps to college,career and their lives. It focuses on developing analytical,problem-solving and critical- thinking skills necessary for becomingsuccessful in life. Math, language arts, and English are the mainareas the Common Core covers. It was developed in 2009 and startedworking in 2010 where it uses the same test in all years. The pros ofusing the same test are that it assists in preparing the students toface the future and help the teachers in detecting the areas thatneed improvements. Conversely, it cons is that it is costly to updatethe technology and not all people agree with the standards.
Personally, I like this topicbecause of its simplicity. The student is taught how to be successfulin future through a common core. In this case, they are expected tofollow a particular path that will lead them to success, and this isdone using the same test. However, the way success is addressed inthis standard is that it can only come in one established way ofwhich it is not always the case. People can succeed in different waysbecause they are different in their minds and actions (Yorke, 2016).
Studentname 5: Danielle Thompson
Topic:AZMerit vs. AIMS
This topic focuses on thesignificant difference between AZMerit and AIMS. AZMerit is astatewide test used to measure how students are doing in Maths,Language Arts and English per year. They substituted the Arizona’sInstrument for Measuring Standards (AIMS) of which are administeredusing computers but even those schools that are not in a position touse computers can do them using paper. However, AZMerit exams are nota must condition for graduating, meaning that you can fail the testand still graduate. As well, the teachers cannot be reprimanded in acase of a failure because they are expected to teach using standards.
This is also an interesting topicto me. The AZMerit tests of standards which are administered everyyear are meant to show how the students are doing academically(Yorke, 2016). However, they are not a measure of whether the studentwill graduate or not as well the teachers cannot be reprimanded incase the students fail. Now, the big question is, do both educatorsand students take them seriously or they just say it is not a bigdeal because after all, they will not count in their graduation?But, to me, I think they are indirectly related to their graduationbecause if the student fails the test, it means that they are notdoing well and it can also make them not to graduate if they refuseto work hard.
Yorke,J., & Vidovich, L. (2016). Learningstandards and the assessment of quality in education: Contestedpolicy trajectories.Cham: Springer.