An Adult's Experience with a Standardized Test

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An Adult's Experience with a Standardized Test
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Mon, 12-05-2011 - 4:31pm

What happens when a successful adult takes a standardized test that 10th graders must take? One administrator with a bachelor of science, two masters degrees, and 15 credit hours towards a doctorate took the test to find out.

He guessed 10 out of the 60 math questions correctly. On the reading test, he got a 62%.

The article quotes him as saying:

If I’d been required to take those two tests when I was a 10th grader, my life would almost certainly have been very different. I’d have been told I wasn’t ‘college material,’ would probably have believed it, and looked for work appropriate for the level of ability that the test said I had.

Here's the link to the article from the Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/when-an-adult-took-standardized-tests-forced-on-kids/2011/12/05/gIQApTDuUO_blog.html

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Registered: 12-04-2000

Not a surprise. All of us with any experience in education know you can't standardize learning and require a specific outcome for everyone.

Sherry
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Registered: 08-23-1997
Mon, 12-05-2011 - 10:26pm
I'm not surprised. All standarized test prove is whether or not you're good at test taking. The math is especially difficult if you haven't looked at it since HS. I'm with Sherry. I was not a stellar math student either. I can't see where students will ever use more than basic algebra or geometry in life.
NCLB is not improving education, it's making it worse. Student are not learning how to use and apply knowledge in the real world. They're being prepped to succeed on tests which prove nothing.
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Registered: 04-07-2002
Thu, 12-08-2011 - 10:28am

I had math all the way through calculus, but I haven't done it in years.