Teachers believe they are being set up for discipline when kids underperform due to school district errors.
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Third graders countywide today are undergoing the first day of FSA testing — the Florida Standards Assessment — but the Palm Beach County School District is still not answering question about why it seems to be forcing teachers to tank the test.
As we reported exclusively just a few days ago, BocaNewsNow.com obtained test preparation material that third grade teachers were ordered to use by school officials. The test prep — which ironically focused on editing — included at least two questions that were grammatically incorrect. But students were told to choose an answer, even though no answer was right.
It is unclear why material with blatant errors was mandated upon teachers countywide. School District spokeswoman Julie Houston-Trieste did not respond to questions asking who created the material, who reviewed the material, why principals are not reviewing material for FSA test preparation, and — quite simply — why professional education administrators are making grammatical errors.
Parents contacting BocaNewsNow.com were outraged, some stating that the difference between “pass” and “fail” for children with learning difficulties could very well be two questions. Others said they would consider legal action if their children fail the exam which is one of several factors used in determining whether a child moves to the next grade.
Teachers also contacted BocaNewsNow.com, suggesting that the Palm Beach County School District is purposely providing incorrect material so that administrators have additional leverage over teachers when students underperform.
“It’s disgusting,” said an educator familiar with the situation. “Why are principals not reviewing this material before mandating its use? They look as bad as we do if the kids don’t perform well.”
Other Palm Beach County elementary school teachers tell BocaNewsNow.com that they are prohibited from using “TeachersPayTeachers.com” which is best described as the Pinterest of education. Educators use and purchase material created, vetted and verified, by other teachers.
“We are forced to use district-generated material, and there are always problems with it,” stated an educator.
Third graders countywide begin two days of the “reading” FSA today, with 4th and 5th graders to follow. Math FSAs begin early next month.
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