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  •  Is it possible... (0+ / 0-)

    ...that the "A" grades were incorrectly showing them as knowledgeable, and the tests were correctly showing that they hadn't actually mastered the material?

    The "A" grade is given by the school, which has in interest in making things look good.  The test is objective, and given to all the kids across all the schools, so it can't play favorites.

    It is much more likely that these kids got "As" from soft graders, and the test reflected the reality.

    •  Definately... (0+ / 0-)

      They weren't really "good" students, they just managed to get "soft graders" all through school and on into college, where they graduated Magna Cum Laude. Standardized tests don't measure anything other than a person's ability to fill in little bubbles with a number 2 pencil.

      "Truth never damages a cause that is just."~~~Mohandas K. Gandhi -9.38/-6.26

      by LynneK on Fri Jul 03, 2009 at 05:48:04 PM PDT

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      •  Even if... (0+ / 0-)

        ...there are isolated cases of kids who can't be measured by tests, on average the test is the best measure we have.

        By the time the kid has gone to college, it will be too late to reward the good teacher who helped him.

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