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Dear STAR Test, We Need to Talk

When I heard about you, STAR, and how you would give me 46 reading skills in 11 different domains in  just 30 or so questions, I was intrigued.
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Dear STAR,

We first met two years ago, I was fresh out of a relationship with MAP, that stalwart older brother of yours that had taken up hours of my 5th graders time. They took their time and the results were ok; sometimes, at least we thought so but we were not sure. But oh the time MAP and I spent together that could have been used for so many better things.

So when I heard about you, STAR, and how you would give me 46 reading skills in 11 different domains in just 30 or so questions, I was intrigued. After all, 34 timed questions meant that most of my students would spend about 15 or so minutes with you. You promised me flexibility and adaptation to my students with your fancy language where you said you “…combine computer-adaptive technology with a specialized psychometric test design.” While I am not totally sure what psychometric means, I was always a sucker for fancy words. Game on.

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cross posted at http://pernillesripp.com/

Mass consumer of incredible books, Pernille Ripp helps students discover their superpower as a middle school teacher in Oregon, Wisconsin. She opens up her educational practices and beliefs to the world on her blog www.pernillesripp.com and is also the creator of the Global Read Aloud Project, a global literacy initiative that since 2010 has connected more than 1,00,000 students. Her book Passionate Learners - How to Engage and Empower Your Students is helping teachers change the way students feel about school. Her other book Empowered Schools, Empowered Students is meant to give others the courage to change. Follow her on Twitter @pernilleripp.

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