Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Standardized testing and ADHD

For those who have not had the pleasure of combing the two, let me just share a little bit.  As background, we are required in NC to test our students ages 7 and up yearly.  This year I'm using the CAT test as it is easy and inexpensive.   The test has 6 sections.  One of the first sections was reading comprehension.  You read a short story and then answer several questions about it.

One of the storied involved children at the beach building a sand castle.  He read the story.  He then started talking. 

"Remember when we went to the beach?"

I redirect back to the test.

"Our cousin watches a video before he goes out each year to build a sandcastle."

Again redirect to focus on the test.

More comments on sand castles.  Picking up pencils.  Dropping pencils.  Tapping pencils.  Staring out the window thinking about sand castles.

We are just on the first story!  In the first section.

I'm thankful to have this sweet, smart boy at home.  I'm thankful to have the privilege of teaching him.  I'm trying to be thankful for the additional opportunities to practice patience.  I'm thankful for the many ways he makes me laugh and lightens my day.

Can anyone else relate?