Posted: May 13, 2009 in Daily Blog
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Our kids work really hard in school.  They get good grades but they have to work harder than many other students to get those grades.  Right now the Twins both have A’s in Algebra I.  (higher than I ever got in Algebra!)  We are in the process of deciding whether they are going to remain at the new High School that is renting space from our church or moving them to a larger High School that is more established.  One of the Schools we are interested in had our twins take placement tests recently to see where they should be placed if they attend that school.  We got the results yesterday.  Both of them tested at a Pre-Algebra level.  That means that they are working at a 7-8th grade math level instead of ready to enter 10th grade math.  Another student we know is going through the same process we are with the possibility of a school change and had the same results.

So my question; if you get an A in Algebra at one school and test out at a much lower level at another school, how do you know you are behind and need help?  Why are one school’s standards so much lower than another?  What happens when you believe you are getting a quality education at one school then find out the A grade means nothing in another?

It all seems very confusing.  By the way, the school that tested our kids and found them behind is rated a top 13 High School in Colorado.  Where would you want your kids to go?

  1. monica says:

    with three seperate kids and the same results… that would be the nail in the coffin for me. i’d yank ’em.

  2. Graham says:

    I need to make a correction to this post. Apparently they are not getting “A’s” but they are passing the class. The current school plans on moving them to the next math level, but the school that did the placement testing is having them decide between starting Algebra I over again, or taking summer instruction and re-taking the test in July… I apologize for not having all the fact correct.

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