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  •  take a look at the current testing requirements (2+ / 0-)
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    Cream City, rserven

    and you will begin to understand why.   The amount of testing is so great that states are forced into "cheaP'(read"multiple choice") tests because they are inexpensive to score.  Now, with software increasingly available that will "score"essays, that may change, although I can assure the quality of the writing will not - you should see what kind of garbage can get through that kind of program!

    In Virginia, the SOL tests are all multiple choice.

    In Maryland our high school assessments require brief and extended constructed responses, but the quality of writing required depends on the subject.  In Government you do not even have to write in complete sentences.

    And if this is the primary way we measure the success of our schools, how much time do you think will be devoted to a skill (proper writing) which is not scored on that test?

    Those who can, do. Those who can do more, TEACH!

    by teacherken on Sat May 12, 2007 at 11:27:08 AM PDT

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    •  Thanks, also in MD, I wonder what they did (1+ / 0-)
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      in high school.

      I guess if I had to do it again, I'd ask you for one of the standardized tests and then tear it up in front of them during the first class.

      A student asked me "what do I need to know for the final?"

      I told him "How to think".

      Ninety percent of life is just showing up. Woody Allen
      The other 10% is homework. Anonymous student.

      by captainlaser on Sat May 12, 2007 at 11:59:22 AM PDT

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    •  Exactly; such tests don't test for college (2+ / 0-)
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      classes in history, which is what I teach -- and even in lower-level classes, my department maintains our stated focus on essays (short-answer to full blue-book length).  History at the college level is about issues, causation, etc., not just about names and dates.

      So a lot of children are being left behind on the skills they will need to succeed in college, all for the sake of their schools passing the requirements of tests not related to what students will need. . . .

      "Let all the dreamers wake the nation." -- Carly Simon

      by Cream City on Sat May 12, 2007 at 12:01:47 PM PDT

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      •  Step one of teaching our students... (2+ / 0-)
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        cfk, Wide Awake in NJ the present environment is teaching them how to be students, how to take education seriously.  Then we can move on to how to be a college student, even a successful college student.

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        by rserven on Sat May 12, 2007 at 12:11:35 PM PDT

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