State Department of Education

From an email with my state's DOE:

[This is part of an email I wrote to them after several phone calls to make sure I understood some of the basics. It was written to one member of their team who was not an expert on the "Alternate" exam.]

To follow up on a question that you were not aware of the answer, ultimately it is the teacher who makes up the "questions" on the exam for my daughter. With the "typical" tenth grade exam the state (or some other authority) determines the math questions (i.e.: what is the square root of 123). In my daughter's case, the teacher will have strict guidelines as to areas to be tested, choosing a certain number of categories and subcategories as I understand it. At that time, the teacher will decide how to test her for that particular skill (or what have you). Hence, the test is decidedly NOT standardized, it is not independent, it is not without accidental or deliberate prejudice. Whether my daughter shows progress, flat lines, or regresses can be (as opposed to "is") completely controlled, and definitely affected, by the teacher and the testing chosen. That is true unless the test is exactly identical every time she takes it, which may not be such a bad idea.

This just adds to my original question, why should my daughter be subjected to this testing?

[My point is that the test tells the state and the federal government NOTHING of use, so why bother?]

The only answer I received as to why I should allow my daughter to be subjected to the exam ... "because it is the law."