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  •  We need to view educational testing like we do (1+ / 0-)
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    medical testing.  You don't pass or fail, but the test shows what is wrong (if anything) with the person tested.  It diagnoses what needs fixing.

    And the only tests worth a crap are essays.  No multiple choice or true/false.  Make the little fucker write (or speak) the answer in full sentences.

    And when a student fails, it is rarely the teacher who didn't do the homework.

    •  Medical Testing (1+ / 0-)
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      Is often pass / fail analysis.  There are exceptions but for particular types of diesease pass / fail is the standard.

      My I find the strength to do the things I already know need to be done.

      by Edge PA on Fri Oct 08, 2010 at 12:11:38 PM PDT

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      •  For some tests such as a CBC, (0+ / 0-)

        a number of items are tested and the corresponding results and the expected ranges of the results are given to the doctor.

        A list of possibilities may also be provided.

        For things like a chest x-ray, a radiologist examines it and writes a brief report.

        In the case of my aunt, a CAT scan detected a possible problem. Another CAT scan was ordered up and found the really big problem she had.

        •  From a Drug Testing Prospective (0+ / 0-)

          (Not from a medical diagnosis prospective, drug testing has nothing to do with medicine ...)

          All of those results are analysed as either normal or abnormal.  As the drug providing a clinically significant result or not.

          Again, from a clinical trials prospective, the verbatium terms are used for classification, but are not meaningfully analised.

          FYI - I have over 15 years of experience as a statistician on clinical trails.  Finally got fed up with the way drugs are developed.  I switched industries and now do statistics for banks.  Clients with a higher ethical standards.  Really, banks don't pretend to be able to solve all your medical problems.  They tell you they are all about maximizing reveune.

          My I find the strength to do the things I already know need to be done.

          by Edge PA on Tue Oct 12, 2010 at 08:58:47 AM PDT

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    •  In Russia (0+ / 0-)

      the teachers expect the students to write out the answers on tests.

      No multiple choice or true/false.

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