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Survey #1 - Standardized tests

Read the questions, and think about the answers....but please don't fill in the form, because the survey has been turned off !!!.

Your own answers are very important. Maybe you're curious about what I think about this topic, but even if you are, review the questions here, and think about your own position, first.

Do you teach in the New Orleans Public Schools? (Your participation is encouraged, regardless of your answer.)
Do you live in the City of New Orleans? (Your participation is encouraged, regardless of your answer.)
Which tests are administered at your grade level?
#4a CAT #4b LEAP #4c IOWA #4a Other
Check if True
#5 Did you personally administer tests during the last school year [1998-99]
#6 Was the same version of the test administered in prior years?
#7 Were you personally aware of the content of prior years' tests, when you last administered it?
#8 Were other teachers at your school aware of the content of the test?
Comments
On a scale of 1 to 5
1 Disagree Strongly      2 Disagree      3 Neutral      4 Agree      5 Agree Strongly

Standardized test are designed to measure performance of:
Students Teachers an Entire Classroom a School School Systems

#61 In my school system, too much emphasis is placed on standardized tests to measure the success or performance of individual schools, classrooms, teachers or the system
#66 The tests are not accurate (for any reason, but including poor testing regimens, too much pre-testing, or too much "teaching the test")

Too much time is spent in:

#62 my classroom preparing for standardized tests
#63 my classroom administering and grading standardized tests
#64 schools, generally, preparing students for standardized tests
#65 schools, generally, administering and grading standardized tests
Standardized tests should be used to:
#67 judge a teacher's performance
#68 judge a teacher's performance, as part of a larger group of factors
#69 affect a teacher's pay or promotions
#70 close a school
Comments
Please check any of the following which are true for the students in your classroom.  (If you don't teach but have school aged children, answer for your children's classroom.)
#11 Practice tests were given before the standard test
#12 Classroom tests were given in a standardized format matching the form of the standardized tests
#13 Classroom tests typically are given in a standardized format
#14 Vocabulary within the language testing regimen were included in lessons before the test
#15 Math problems resembling those on standardized test were practiced before the test
Comments

I know, for other teachers in my school or school system, that:

#21 Practice tests were given before the standard test
#22 Classroom tests were given in a standardized format matching the form of the standardized tests
#23 Classroom tests typically are given in a standardized format?
#24 Vocabulary within the language testing regimen were included in lessons before the test
#25 Math problems resembling those on standardized test were practiced before the test
Comments
Some Hard Questions
1 Disagree Strongly      2 Disagree      3 Neutral      4 Agree      5 Agree Strongly

#31 Do you think that there are some teachers who might do the following, because of misplaced attention given to standardized scores or pressure to raise scores?
Giving additional time on portions of the test
Reading portions of the test aloud to students, when the testing scheme did not allow it.
Repeat questions, where the testing scheme does not allow it
Read with emphasis on the correct answer
Give individual aid to students (i.e., repeating questions, answering student's questions, etc.)
#32 Although I do not personally know about the above things, having not seen it myself, it happens.

#33 Are individual student's scores valid?   Does each individual student receive a score that accurately measures, for that student, skills that the test is designed to measure?

#31a For students in my classroom
#31b For each student in my school
#31c For each student in my school system
Please identify the things you would change to give individual students the best opportunity to maximize their learning. (To mind, come things like actual class size; feel free to list anything you want, or even rank them)

Please identify the things that the school system now does, or wants to change, that you think have little impact on maximizing learning for individual students. (Feel free to list whatever you can think of)

About Me
What Grade(s) do you teach?

#101 Please check any of the following which are true:

I am now a teaching specialist in these areas:
ESL Reading Special Education Gifted or advanced programs Other specialist

I am a principal or in-school administrator for a:
     High School Middle School Elementary School
I work for the school system, or in adminstration, outside of individual schools.
I work in a: public school system religious, private school system non-religious, private school system

I am a high school graduate
I am a college graduate
I have an advanced college or post-graduate degree

I have children currently in: public schools private schools
I have children who graduated from: public schools private schools
I am a high school student in the public school system

My age bracket:
More About Me (as much or little as you want)
I am interested in receiving a URL for the summary of results  (I'll need your eMail address)
eMail: Phone:
Name:
Postal Address1:
Postal Address2:
City: State: ZipCode:
Final Comments?

Thanks so much....

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