In the midst of the Common Core

With the extinction of  intelligence as we know it reportedly contained in the midst of the Common Core, I find myself  quietly putting together the monthly lesson plans for Parker’s 2013/2014 school year.

Parker’s due for his 3 Year Evaluation.  I’m thinking we’ll express our thanks, but pass on that.  A test that requires oral answers being given to a non-verbal kid doesn’t make a lot of sense to me.  But then on the other side there’s the Feds stringing along the local districts saying that without this testing they just might yank their funding.

And we all know how well special ed is funded in Utah.

teacher lesson plan book

Maybe it’s weird that I’m not anywhere near as bugged by the testing the Blue Eyed Girl will be taking and yet so angry at the testing that does nothing more than set my son up for absolute failure, because he doesn’t talk.

I remind myself that there are all kinds of intelligence. Parker’s team and I know that he is progressing, that test doesn’t mean squat.

I remember the time my now 25 year old took a standardized test and totally blew the last part of it.  The teacher told the class that when they were finished with the last part of the test they could go outside.  So my son filled in all the next questions with the same answer and out he went.  Seriously.  Who was the not so bright one in this situation?

preschool books

It was no big deal to me.  Standardized testing didn’t measure the true intelligence of my kid.  I knew my oldest son had plenty of smarts.  It’s was getting him to use them that was the issue.

But I know this 3rd Year Evaluation will hang a sign around Parker’s neck declaring to those who follow this crap that Parker is about as smart as a rock.

homeschool planner

This for some reason makes me want to go and smack someone.  Hard.

There’s nothing standardized about educating a medically fragile kid with special needs.  And there should be nothing standardized about monitoring his progress.

Too bad there’s not enough people out there smart enough to realize that.


About Tammy and Parker

Special Needs Blogger, and homeschooling Mom, heavily involved in advocacy for all kids with special needs in Utah.


  1. Tammy we also did that the past testing cycle. they want us to give Junior the CAPA tests each year and we opt out. Seriously how do they think these test really show my child’s intelligence when they require them to be given a specific way. His teacher brought the test package over one time just to show me(his teacher is awesome). One of the things was to have him roll me a ball. Well he can’t move his hands so of course he can’t physically do that but he absolutely knows what it means to roll a ball(something they don’t take into account). We had the same issue with the verbal part, sure he knows the answer but he is going to fail because he can’t “say” it like they want.

  2. What planner do you use, or do you make your own? Parker can’t be measured by standardized tests. .. this doesn’t mean he isn’t progressing! You rock as his father!

    • That should say teacher, not father! Grrr…. phones!

      • No worries, CJ. :D My daughter teaches 6th grade purchased this for my birthday, after she purchased one for herself. It is a teacher’s lesson planner by erin I must say, it is awesome, but expensive. I’m also going to start using it to record appointments, therapy ideas and concerns, etc.

  3. Chris says:

    Ironically, I just got Nana’s CAPA scores from a few months ago. She tested ‘advanced’ in both sections of Level 1. I laughed. This is crap. She is barely verbal and I’m a realist. There is just no way this is accurate, and I’m fine with that. Truly. Sooooo, yes, I believe some teachers and some districts just play the game to get to the goal-funding. Period. It’s meaningless.

  4. Great post; I always wonder what’s going on w/ CC in other states. We haven’t had any “testing” here YET but strange things are definitely afoot! I’ll be homeschooling my oldest for the first time this year; my special needs sweetie will continue in school until things get too weird – which I’m sure will be about a year or so!

  5. kaylene says:

    C was tested at 3 to see if he qualified for preschool–it was an IQ test. I asked for an ASL interpreter. I was told that it would invalidate the test. I don’t understand that (I still don’t), and I should have held out for the interpreter, but I just did it. At first, I just let the test progress, but about 1/3 of the way in I started signing to C what the tester would say to him. I’d repeat/say what the tester said as I signed. By the end of the first day, the tester realized that C was doing better with the signing. He hasn’t been “officially” tested since I’ve started homeschooling him (7 years for him, 8 total).

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