When an adult took standarized tests forced on kids

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When an adult took standarized tests forced on kids
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Tue, 12-06-2011 - 2:17pm

I read this article today and can't stop thinking about it!

When an adult took standardized tests forced on kids

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/when-an-adult-took-standardized-tests-forced-on-kids/2011/12/05/gIQApTDuUO_blog.html?fb_ref=NetworkNews

As you can see when you read the article, the school board member did not do well on the tests. However, this is what concerns me the most- he states " I have a wide circle of friends in various professions. Since taking the test, I’ve detailed its contents as best I can to many of them, particularly the math section, which does more than its share of shoving students in our system out of school and on to the street. Not a single one of them said that the math I described was necessary in their profession." and

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I definitely don't have a solution but I, too, find it scary as far as impacting the kids' lives. I remember when I took an AP test senior year of HS and had no way to answer a bunch of the questions as I did not know inventors of given things (was about 30% of the test) - so I got a horrible score on the test and it was my intended college major. That didn't leave me feeling confident going in to college - thankfully I got past it and did pretty well in that same major...

Sue
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Registered: 11-28-1999

Our state has standardized tests in 10th grade--a few years ago they started w/ just english & math, now they have added science & history.

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Wed, 12-07-2011 - 12:31am

Well, the FIRST thing you should be concerned with, is whether or not there is a SHRED of validity in his statements.

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Wed, 12-07-2011 - 10:55am
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Wed, 12-07-2011 - 11:33am

I can guarantee that the math questions on our state test are much, much harder than this--it's ridiculous that he would call these questions hard.

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Wed, 12-07-2011 - 11:58am

Thanks for the link to the test questions- that definitely helps put some perspective into this story!

Lisa

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Wed, 12-07-2011 - 12:39pm

You need to understand that the whole thing begins with a LIE.

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Thu, 12-08-2011 - 12:12pm
very nicely said sabr.
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Well. I would need time to review things before I took a test.

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

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Registered: 07-26-1999
I think the one thing, regardless of how he did on the test, and regardless of what are opinions are on standardized testing, is that these kids take these math/science/english courses, and so optimally, the tests are based on what they are learning AT THAT TIME in that class, and so they are reflecting what the student should be learning AT THAT TIME in that class, not what they will or won't be using 5, 10, or 20 years down the line when they are out in the work place. Regardless of how you feel about testing, there does need to be some sort of standard on how the kids are assessed, whether they are learning the material they are supposed to be learning, and potentially how that teacher is doing delivering it to the students. Unfortunately you can't rely solely on the grading the teachers do in class on assignments on tests because you have too big a variable when it comes to grading, curves, open versus closed book, etc. So honestly, given that this person has presumably been out of school for some time, I don't know that I would even expect him to do well on the test, or many adults for that matter that are not actively in school, taking course work that those tests would reflect on.
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