I love pushing buttons and clicking things and ARIS has given me a whole new set of buttons to click on.
I clicked the button to find the eight grade NYS assessments. After conferring with a colleague, I even think I understand them.
In my class of 35 students (over sized at the moment), I have three 2s and two 1s. In my class of 33, I have one 4, four 2s and one 1. The T class, which is combined with one of the other two will add four more students split with 2s and 3s. I also realized that the T class will be very over sized as these kids are just an addition to the already existing classes. I wonder whether this is a problem that will be rectified or a new way the Bloomberg/Klein regime found to legally create over sized classes.
I thought 3s were okay until I talked to an colleague from an intermediate school and she convinced me otherwise. I've heard the 2s and 1s know almost nothing.
What I would like to know is why an $80 billion computer like ARIS can't come up with a program that will put like abilities together. The poor kid with the 4 will be sitting in a class with kids who can't add. What kind of education will he get? With 34+ kids, there is no way to differentiate enough to help the child with the 1.
Somebody else better start pushing some buttons and start getting these kids in the right classes. I've got the data at my fingertips but I have no clue as to how to use it to help these kids.