I learned a distressing fact about ‘special education’ at my school this week that I wanted to share. The students who have special needs of various sorts (I counted nearly a third of each of my 7th grade physics classes) are removed from the science classrooms every Wednesday and are not held accountable for any material covered in the missed class. Why? The emphasis on state scoring this year is on reading and math, which they spend their time on Weds. reviewing to try to improve their test scores. But wait, what about science? They still are required to take the same checkpoint tests in science as the other students, with one day less of learning opportunity. However, since science learning isn’t a focus (at least this year?), no one is concerned about low scores…right?
What about the science teachers who suddenly have empty seats? What about the students remaining in class whose buddies get to be somewhere else? What about the low checkpoint scores that reflect poorly on the science teachers? I’m not so sure about this one… What do you think?