I've been a little frustrated with hearing about how fifth grade's scores went down drastically (19%). It wasn't my class. It wasn't 2 of my fabulous neighbor's classes because they worked just as hard and provided some amazing learning opportunities for their students. I learned so much from them last year and I continue to learn from them now.
Today, out of the blue I got an email from a researcher. He has a PhD so I'm going to assume he knows what he's doing in terms of assessments. Here was the gist of his email:
"In my analysis, your students did exceptionall well, including the ELL and special education students. I would like to talk about your experiences and see what resources you used."Bam. I want to gloat about this to those that have been a tad harsh this year, but instead I'll just share my excitement here. I know I did my job as a teacher. I know they all learned and made growth. More importantly, I know I got them excited about inquiry and learning.
He wants to specifically discuss Discovery Education and the resources I used since I'm a DENstar and he's looking at the Discovery Launch into Teaching assessments.
Honestly, I used Discovery's resources mostly for science which wasn't reflected on those assessments. We did a lot of video streaming and discussion prior to the CRTs and my students did awesome on their science tests. (In addition to reading and math!)
So I hope this means I can stop hearing about test scores and negativity. Fifth grade may have gone down drastically, but that was not my data. I will be accountable to my test scores and students' growth.
Do I believe that one test determines what a student learned in one year? No, absolutely not. But it's what we have and what I have to use, so I will take an honest look at the data. My data looks pretty solid and I'm proud of my students' growth. Numbers don't lie.