You have got to be kidding me.

This outrages me. In this day and age where society expects less of kids than ever before...This has got to be the kicker:


Failing test scores prompt Michigan to cancel writing portion of MEAP
Poor scores call for a new test; officials examine why kids fail
Shawn D. Lewis / The Detroit News

Royal Oak -- Dismal test scores are prompting the state to cancel the writing section of the MEAP test next year for some students.
Only students in grades four and seven will take the test, while a new test is created. Students in grades three, five, six and eight will not take the test.
Scores determine if schools meet goals set by the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Districts that don't meet the guidelines face sanctions.

The Michigan Department of Education continues to examine why student test scores are flagging.
"We're constantly reviewing the tests, and when we find one that doesn't have kids performing at the top level, we have to find out why that is and make sure we have the most valid results possible," said department spokeswoman Jan Ellis. "When we look at the scores from a statistical standpoint, very few students scored in the top level."

The most recent Michigan Education Assessment Program test scores are scheduled to be released in the coming days.

In a letter to the State Board of Education, state Superintendent Mike Flanagan recommended the change. "To correct issues with the writing portion of the MEAP," Flanagan wrote, "the Office of Educational Assessment and Accountability (OEAA) staff has needed to either fix problems or institute changes to avoid future problems. The problems stem mostly from the test being the shortest, and therefore least precise, of MEAP assessments. Limits on the test's length have also limited the ability to achieve broad and consistent coverage of grade level content standards in writing."

Students in grades three to eight are tested in English language arts and math every year. Science is added in grades five and eight and social studies is included in grades six and nine.

Royal Oak Schools Superintendent Thomas Moline disagrees with the recommended change.
"I'm opposed to the changes, because we've been putting in a lot of work and effort to improve the written expression, and we're seeing solid improvement," he said. "The ability to lay pen to paper and to write clearly is difficult because so many kids are involved in writing on a keyboard, on computers and through texting. I think it's a step backward."


How can the State Board of Education justifiably accept that it is OK for kids to not be able to write anymore? When does it get to a point that parents have to step in and demand that our kids get an education that actually teaches them something, instead of teaching them to take a test the right way!!!!!?!!!?

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