After being blasted by media and politicians for having the poorest scores in the recent IRead 3rd grade reading tests, Flanner House Charter School’s 3rd graders showed fought back with near perfect scores on ISTEP English/Language Arts tests. Afternoons with Amos broadcast live from the northside charter school to hear the FACTS from teachers and staff of a situation that has caused many in the community to question the use of standardized tests. Flanner House Charter School Principal Latika Warthaw said the setback, where just 26% of third students passed IRead, brought the entire school, including parents and students, together. Third grader teacher Takea White said that while her students were disappointed at their IRead scores, they’re determined to pass the retest in June. Title 1 Teacher Angie White explained the many tests Flanner House students take to determine their progress. Both teachers said the IRead test wasn’t as culturally inclusive as ISTEP and other tests are.
Click the Arrow to Hear the Interview with Flanner House Charter School’s Principal and Teachers and listener reactions. Runs 61 Minutes ©2012 WTLC/Radio One.