Lost Week: The Eleventh

October 27th – October 31st, The Eleventh Week of School

Monday, October 27th  No teaching time.  The DRA Reading Assessments were due by 2 pm, they said, and of the 16 students who were not reading at grade level according to previous assessments such as the spring CSAP tests and/or the May benchmarks and/or the September benchmarks, I had only measured the reading deficits of 7 students with the DRA test.  There were 9 left on my list, and one had been suspended for the day, so I was able to give the DRA test to only… Continue reading

No time to teach today!

Friday we got the news that all of the DRA assessments were due.  That they were actually “overdue,” but the powers that be down at DPS headquarters had granted an extension until Monday for turning scores in.  A month ago I took all the various sets of scores on previous assessments into account (as directed) and learned that I had 16 students who had not performed in the “proficient” band when it came to reading and, therefore, that they needed to be assessed with the “DRA” instrument.  I was further advised by an administrative person that each… Continue reading