July 15, 2014

Twas the Night Before the EOC

This whole time I thought the Assistant Principal was trying to make us feel good that 'Bones just missed passing by a couple questions'.

Seriously. I thought maybe he'd gotten a 25%.

No. We got the scores today. He seriously missed passing by THREE questions.

Dear God.

He's been studying today. He actually thinks he's going to pass it and if he takes his time, I think he might.

My only issue? For THREE weeks, I've been working to set up his test date. I've gotten conflicting dates and un-returned phone calls. I've left messages, called repeatedly, and gotten non-descript answers.

Finally last week I got hold of someone at the local high school, confirmed he was signed up, and was told the test was on Wednesday.

This morning I called just to make sure one more time, since I have not much faith in anyone in our public school system and was told, "Yes, he is signed up, 9:00, room 3101. He will text you when he's finished as it's work at your own pace."

An HOUR later, I got a call from the woman with whom I've left numerous messages, but have never spoken with. She runs the testing for the EOC at the local high school. It seems that Bones can't take it at the local HS because his HS is designated to take it 30 minutes from my home. The local HS is 5 minutes from where I work and 15 from where we live.

The day before, I finally get a call, undoing everything we've done through phone tag and subordinates.

I was appalled. We ended it with, "Mrs. L, I am working hard for him to take it at this HS. I will call you at the end of the day."

Come 3:00, I had not received a phone call. I started to call... and got NO ONE.

So now, I have NO IDEA where he's supposed to take this exam. Socialized education at it's finest.

We are driving down to the local HS at 8AM tomorrow morning in hopes of finding someone, giving us enough time to drive down to the far away HS in the event he has to take it there.

What a cluster. I get so sick of incompetence.

And... these people... vote.

Posted by Boudicca at July 15, 2014 10:12 PM

These people are .... "educating" our children.

Posted by: Web at July 16, 2014 06:31 AM

Your experience has hit a nerve with me unassociated with this SNAFU...but, making my blood boil nonetheless.


Sorry, but this makes me insane. Everyone I speak with, no matter where you are in the United States of America.....returns a call in a timely manner. Why must you call and call and call.

And, school administrator, are you so ignorant that you can not imagine that a parent contacting you 20 times needs an answer?

Posted by: Trudy at July 16, 2014 07:26 AM

I had to show up at the school at 8am as testing began at 9. Where was my son to be? At 8:35 I finally found someone. I was told later she didn't call me because she didn't have an answer. I said... that IS an answer!!!

Here's the thing... we have some amazing teachers out there. We have some great teachers out there. We have some crap teachers out there. The crap teachers are NOT the majority, however, the inability to get rid of them and the damage they do has caused a whole other set of problems... like mandatory testing.

When so many kids graduate who cannot read, write, and add... there is blame that be spread, including a breakdown of our society. Punk kids with crappy parents are part of the equation.

Testing like we do is not the answer. If I were queen... I'd have other answers, but I would be accused of trampling on someone's civil rights or making people feel bad about themselves.

Posted by: Bou at July 16, 2014 11:46 AM

I don't mean to hijack your blog, but this is what makes me upset.... I do not consider myself an ignorant person, but I can't do advanced math to save my life. I barely made it through Algebra and the minute I did not have to take it, I was done.

But, I can add, subtract, multiply and divide. I can figure out what the 30% off at Kohl's looks like for me....and, perform perhaps the greatest mathematical challenge....I CAN GIVE BACK CHANGE IN MY HEAD.

Your son sounds like an amazing person and will make an excellent adult...he just isn't mathy.

It seems to me that just throwing a test at someone is not the way to go. But the worse part is the lack of common courtesy...call someone back....why not teach those things?

Posted by: Trudy at July 16, 2014 12:11 PM

And that's it, he's not mathey. And he'll probably be far more successful in life that I will be. He's got great interpersonal communication skills. This testing thing is making me nuts.

The lack of returned phone calls throws me over the dang edge.

Posted by: Bou at July 16, 2014 09:27 PM

So did he get to take the test???

Posted by: The Thomas at July 17, 2014 08:56 PM