This week I gave the first graders an assessment that should have been given at the beginning of the school year, but I didn’t start with these kids until late October and didn’t feel comfortable giving small children a test. Even now I was apprehensive about doing this. However, the chaplaincy office requires that we do this, and I was one of only two who had not submitted their scores by Christmas break.
Why are we required to give innocent little first graders an assessment? Because we have to show the district that what we are doing can be measured through a pre and post assessment, adding validity to what we do. Sigh. These are children who cannot read, have poor listening skills, and very few life experiences. Like playing over at a friend’s house.
One of the eight questions on the assessment asks what you would do if you did not come home at the right time from your friend’s house. Would you say it wasn’t your fault, or that your mother would call the next time, or, the preferred answer, that you would make a plan as to how be on time. I found out from one of the teachers that almost none of the kids go to friend’s houses and most cannot play outside because of drive-by shootings. Funny thing, though, on the tests I’ve looked at, the kids chose the preferred answer. I’m not too sure about the validity of this.