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  •  And makes zero effort on both of them? (0+ / 0-)

    The elevation of appearance over substance, of celebrity over character, of short term gains over lasting achievement displays a poverty of ambition. It distracts you from what's truly important. - Barack Obama

    by helfenburg on Wed Mar 13, 2013 at 03:32:22 AM PDT

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    •  Sometimes. (1+ / 0-)
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      The kids know it doesn't count against their grades, and some of them obviously make no effort on the exam and turn it in.

      One of the things I have noticed over the years is that all kids have a need to 'misbehave' somewhere, some how, ... and the sad thing is that for many of them the safest place to do that is at school, ie that home is not a safe place at all.

      But the bigger point is that even if the kid is getting a similar (but non zero) result on the two tests, that significant growth still has to occur because the tests are on different material. And for low performing kids, they can actually have made substantial growth that is below the point that is measured by the exams.

      Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

      by elfling on Wed Mar 13, 2013 at 08:36:52 AM PDT

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