By Marina Stenson & Jayne Clare AUSSTEIGEN! (Opt Out in German) is all I can say, after a meeting earlier this week regarding the new proctoring mandates and lack of IEP Testing Modifications for Standardized Testing that began on Tuesday. All but extended time is VERBOTEN! It is a Misthaufen and I can translate that one for you, it means “dung heap”. Ich spreche kein Deutsch! But that’s OK, I’m not even allowed to talk about it, although no one told me NOT to write about it, for fear of ruffling anyone’s Unterhosen you are getting this perspective from a parent! It feels like a “hit & run”. The impact has taken place; no one needs to have asked for it, like it, much less respond to it, but lo & behold we do have a voice. An educational firestorm that has teachers and parents facing this situation and trying to safeguard their children whether special needs or not. Having personally lived through the Alptraum of IEP’s - 504 Plans, I stand here and ask myself why are these plans written with acommendations for those children that cannot function under normal classroom circumstances and then completely sunk like a U-Boot by the Staat that mandates it. The entire mantra here is uniformity.
Written by Jayne Clare
Jayne Clare is dedicated to being in the forefront of the ever-changing digital landscape. She has been working directly with students and startups and recognizing what works and what doesn’t, along with the why behind both. Jayne co-founded Teachers With Apps in 2011.
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