From SPS Communications:
We have students from over 70 different elementary school classrooms that meet at least one criteria for Algebra 1 Readiness Testing. Given this wide variety of classrooms, we opted to select a central location for testing. The Stanford Center and the dates/times were selected because:
· The Stanford Center is close to the center of our large city.
· It offers desks and chairs for students and waiting spaces for families.
· As opposed to using a school, it means we do not have to burden a school staff with staying late for the testing.
· The afternoon times prevent students from missing school.
· The variety of dates allow families to select one that they can make work.
The Stanford Center was the location used for testing last year and many families dropped students off for testing and walked up to Starbucks for an hour; others dropped students off and waited in the common spaces. To my knowledge we had no complaints last year that the location was challenging.
I would say that I would not consider JSCEE to be near the center of the city. I continue to think two sites - one to the north and one to the south would have been a better and more equitable.
Call me crazy but I believe most schools have desks and chairs and waiting areas.
I agree that after-school makes the most sense but around rush hour/dinnertime would not have been my pick.