When an Adult Took Standardized Tests Forced on Kids

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Registered: 05-03-2011
When an Adult Took Standardized Tests Forced on Kids
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Tue, 12-06-2011 - 11:12am
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Registered: 09-30-2011

A spurious argument...

“It might be argued that I’ve been out of school too long, that if I’d actually been in the 10th grade prior to taking the test, the material would have been fresh. But doesn’t that miss the point? A test that can determine a student’s future life chances should surely relate in some practical way to the requirements of life. I can’t see how that could possibly be true of the test I took.”

Seriously?

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Registered: 05-03-2011
Here's an earlier version of the math proficiency test. It seems much more appropriate for what all high school students should be able to do by the time they graduate from high school. It doesn't have a date on it, but the other tests on this site look like they were from about 10 years ago.

http://survive.org/nppe/Math_Complete.pdf
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Registered: 05-03-2011
Here's the practice test for the math proficiency exam in my state.

http://www.doe.nv.gov/Assessment/HSPE/HSPE_MA_IM.pdf
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Registered: 02-05-2011

A practice test isn't a test.

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Registered: 03-18-2000
Sample practice test for CT.
Starts page 39.
Math page 43.
Plus there are more further on.......
http://www.csde.state.ct.us/public/cedar/assessment/cmt/resources/misc_cmt/2011%20Grade%208%20TEM.pdf

 


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Registered: 05-03-2011
You can check with your state board of education. My state has sample tests posted so people have an idea of what is on the test. I've looked up the math test for my state. I didn't see a lot of the math on that test until I took higher level math classes in college. I think the math test, at least since I haven't looked up the other ones, is asks way too much for someone who is graduating from high school. We had high school proficiency exams when I was a teenager and the math portion was not anywhere near as difficult as what is place currently. I was on the "college track" in high school, so I was taking all the upper level high school classes and I wouldn't have passed that test because that stuff simply wasn't taught in high school.

It seems that we have expected students to learn even more, given them less time to do it, expect all students to go to college, ignoring the fact that not everyone has the aptitude to succeed in college nor may they even want to go to college, and ignoring the fact that a high school diploma simply doesn't require what we are expecting students to learn. Instead of adding more and more "stuff" to the curriculum and expecting students to succeed (or at least know enough to pass the tests), why don't we pull it back a bit and expect students to really know the subject matter...not all the stuff that they would learn in college, but the stuff that a high school graduate should know.
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Registered: 02-05-2011

My state won't give me access to the standardized test.

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Registered: 03-30-2007

IMO, these test need to be dumped.