Creative Tutors of McKinney, Texas
How much time does your child spend each day studying mathematics and reading? How long do they study science, history, social studies, geography, music, art, and physical education? If your child's school is like many others across the country the answer may well be, "Ahhhhh, not much." In our zeal to produce higher test scores in math and reading...the gold standard of proof of the well educated child...these other disciplines are being all but ignored. More and more time is being devoted to these two grail subjects and yet our children's academic performance as measured by standardized tests continues to deteriorate. Administrators across the country are scratching their heads in confusion and exclaiming with bemused expressions on their faces, "How can that possibly be?"
The 2009 results of the OECD Programme for International Student Assesment or PISA were released in November. My colleague, Cherrie Kilby, wrote a good analysis of the results that would be helpful for background information. In a nutshell, Finnish students consistently place first or second out of member countries in the PISA assessment. My question is what the school system in Finland is doing that school districts in the United States are not.
The 2011-2012 school session will bring a major change to the students in Texas. The TAKS test will begin to be phased out and replaced with STAAR, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness tests. High school students will take twelve end of course exams beginning with the freshmen class entering in 2011. Students will take twelve end-of-course exams in core subject areas including, English, math, science and social studies. Students in the graduating class of 2015, who are currently in seventh grade, will be the first students who must meet the end-of-course testing requirements, as well as pass their classes, in order to earn a diploma. New tests are being developed for students in grades 3-8.
David Pulsipher graduated from California State University Northridge with a BA in mathematics with an emphasis in secondary education. Following his dream inspired by a high school coach, he began his career in California teaching math and coaching basketball. After migrating to Texas, David began at Creative Tutors as a tutor and now is area manager of McKinney. He loves seeing the successes achieved by the students with their hard work and determination to succeed. He is a proud father of five children who keep him very busy. In his spare time he enjoys playing basketball and cheering for his favorite teams.
"Every student can learn, just not on the same day, or the same way." | George Evans