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  •  Maybe the test isn't valid? (1+ / 0-)
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    A math test, which is highly reliant on reading, measures math?

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    by Desert Rose on Thu Aug 08, 2013 at 07:23:38 PM PDT

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    •  All math tests are reliant on reading to some (1+ / 0-)
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      extent. I mean you have to be able to read. Maybe this one has harder words than it should but the diarist is not saying that. The test is declared a failure simply b/c it's hard.

      •  No, the test is a failure, because it was designed (3+ / 0-)
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        by people who have no knowledge of child development, but have a profit motive.

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        by Desert Rose on Thu Aug 08, 2013 at 07:30:14 PM PDT

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      •  several reasons why CC results are bad (5+ / 0-)

        First off, the tests aren't currently designed to test what kids are being taught.  That is they don't match the curriculum.  So, until the curriculum changes to fit the test, you will see lower scores that don't reflect real learning.

        Second, the math tests are much more verbal, so kids who are ESL or have language deficits will be penalized. There's also a body of research that indicates that non-mainstream (white) culture kids are likely to have lower scores on more verbal tests because they misunderstand questions. So the CC regime is likely to be biased against poor/minority schools, which by complete coincidence are the same schools that the corporate deformers are itching to declare "failing" and replace with private charters.

        A third critique is a little wonky, but basically, the CC is essentially requiring concepts to be taught at one grade level lower than they are now, which ignores edu research suggesting that at least some of these concepts are too advanced for many kids given their brain development. The "tightened" standards seem to have been decided on without consulting teachers OR education researchers, which further indicates that this was not done with the wellbeing of kids in mind..

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        by quill on Thu Aug 08, 2013 at 09:48:58 PM PDT

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