Take this test and find out.
I got a 100%. Woo hoo. That should tell you how difficult the test is.
The questions come from released items from the California state tests for 7th and 8th grade.
Then read the story in the NC Times.
I like the obligatory educator spin:
In the course of a year, students cover an extensive amount of material and remembering each detail can be difficult on test days, said Tony Ricchuiti, a seventh-grade math teacher at Del Dios Middle School in Escondido.
Ricchuiti added that while the tests mirror the state's standards for each subject, students learn at different paces and in different ways. They also may know the material when they are tested in class, and then misunderstand or overthink a question, just by how it's asked.
"It's always a challenge," Ricchuiti said, adding that offering adults a chance to take the exams themselves might give them a better understanding of what is being asked of kids.
"I think they would see how difficult it is," he said. "It's hard for adults ... and it puts a lot of pressure on us and the kids."
I was not impressed at all by the test questions. The questions certainly weren't rigorous. The math and reading questions were especially easy for a putative eighth grade student. I fail to see why it is so difficult to get students to learn this stuff after nearly nine years of formal education.
What do you think?