Random Thing I Forgot
(I'm still blaming this cold.)
The other random thing I meant to post about, which I just remembered, was about parent-teacher conferences and the No Child Left Behind act.
Our third-grader maxed out on the reading section. (Did I ever mention that we really really like to read in this house?) He got 411 out of a possible 411.
He learned to read by having Calvin and Hobbes read to him. Which probably explains a lot.
Then he took the STAR reading test, which claims he reads at 11th grade level (??) and says
"(child's name) likely reads for pleasure, information, and academic purposes. He can use indexes, glossaries, and footnotes in textbooks. (child) likely previews chapters before reading and takes notes while studying.
At this level, (child) needs to continue to read nonfiction materials, classic literature, and the daily news. . . . For optimal reading growth, (child) needs to continue recreational reading on a daily basis, ... identify bias, persuasion, and propaganda within text, and learn strategies for acquiring specialized or technical vocabulary."
O-kay. He's 8. Eight. Let's cut him a little slack on classic literature or learning to identify propaganda, eh?
And the stupid No Child Left Behind downside of this is that no matter what he scores in the reading section next year, even if he maxes out AGAIN, his achievement level will be:
And the school gets a ding against it, because the pupil showed no improvement.