No child left behind

March 21, 2006 - 4:47 pm Comments Off on No child left behind

No child left behind. Except for the bright ones, because I’m pretty sure they’re just showing off.

Texas law states that kids have to be five years old by September 1 to get into kindergarten. If you want to try to place a younger child into kindergarten, they have to take the third grade TAKS test and pass it.

Caroline misses the cut-off by a couple of days. Even though she’s reading, spelling, and writing, she can’t get into public school. The decision is not left up to the school districts, who would be in a position to evaluate and assess what kids are ready. It’s a state law, faceless, with no accountability and no flexibility.

Looks like we’re going to have to send her to private kindergarten next year and then hope they can place her into first grade the next year. That’s a real shame because Jo’s kindergarten teacher wanted to have Caroline in her class (and vice versa).

The law is an ass.

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