NEW PROGRAM-Entry Exams for Oklahoma Kindergartners

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kaye Beach

Nov. 28, 2011

 

First a few definitions;

“New” means ‘ Not existing before’

“Voluntary”  means ‘Done, given, or acting of one’s own free will’

How about Privacy?

Privacy-

  1. The state or condition of being free from being observed or disturbed by other people.
  2. The state of being free from public attention

This program is NEW.  It is NOT voluntary and forget PRIVACY!

Race To The Top (RTT) or RaTT as it is not so affectionately known, strikes again undermining state, local and parental control over our schools and getting our kids conditioned to living in a fishbowl from the get-go using the lure of federal funding….

  • Campbell’s Law

    “The more any quantitative social indicator is used for social decision-making, the more subject it will be to corruption pressures and the more apt it will be to distort and corrupt the social processes it is intended to monitor.” Donald Campbell

From Restore Oklahoma Public Education- R.O.P.E

Today’s Great Idea: Let’s Borrow Money from A Bankrupt Federal Government to Create and Administer Tests for Pre-Kindergartners

Our State Department of Education (OSDE) through Governor Mary Fallin sold the public on applying for the Race to The Top Early Learning Challenge (to pay for pre-k programming) by saying they would be applying for this grant to “…invest in upgrades to our teacher training, our data tracking and improved testing.” She also goes on to tell Megan Rolland, “We’re not establishing new programs …”

Who is advising our governor? Clearly, from Rolland’s new article today, “Entry exam for kindergartners is part of Oklahoma’s grant application” they had every intent of establishing a new program – that of TESTING INCOMING KINDERGARTNERS. In fact, after reviewing the RTT grant’s FAQ’s, it became readily apparent that this NEW program was added so Oklahoma could be more competitive for the grant:

Competitive Preference Priority 3, is Understanding the Status of Children’s Early Learning and Development at Kindergarten Entry through the implementation of a Kindergarten Entry Assessment. Applicants that successfully meet Competitive Preference Priority 2 can receive up to 10 additional points, and applicants that successfully meet Competitive Preference Priority 3 can earn 10 additional points on an “all or nothing” basis.

So, as I have asked before, is this RTT grant about pre-K programming, or money? It isn’t about telling Oklahomans the “truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth” apparently. I have had four kids graduate kindergarten in Oklahoma – one 24 years ago, one just last year. None of them was given a test before entry.

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