I ask because I'm seeing various comments on this issue. So let us know what you have heard and seen at your school (across any grade).
For example, one reader said that Garfield had a couple of late starts this week ....at 11 am. That's pretty late for the school day to begin. Maybe leadership there thought it better for students to NOT come and have to hang around doing almost nothing rather than coming later.
I also heard from a reader at Ingraham who said her daughter took the test (as a junior) and didn't find it all that hard but that she was very annoyed with sitting around for 45 minutes.
It all adds up to lost instructional time of which there are several factors:
- the actual time to take an untimed test
- the actual time for set-up to take the test (which apparently can be anywhere from 15 minutes to almost an hour).
- time that is test prep (how you take the test)
- time that is test prep (for what is on the test)
Not to mention down time for computer issues.
Recently, Superintendent Nyland blithely said that it will take time for SBAC to run well.
You can't say that there are issues to iron out but then continue to give a test that counts for some students, isn't necessary for others and may, in the end, count for teachers.