tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-25541994.post1267820947659508164..comments2024-01-29T11:34:31.018-05:00Comments on D-Ed Reckoning: Meet Standardized Testing's Poster BoyKDeRosahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06853211164976890091noreply@blogger.comBlogger9125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-25541994.post-55969386430723668282007-01-13T10:22:00.000-05:002007-01-13T10:22:00.000-05:00That's the reason why I use the term educator and ...That's the reason why I use the term educator and not teacher. I'm interested in the entire education function, which includes teachers and admin. I undertsand that sometimes, maybe often, teachers can't control the grades they give. I know that somewhere in the chain order has broken don't but I don't care exactly where because then we just get a bunch of finger pointing. Ultimately, the admin is responsible for the education of students, so it's probably most fair to look to them.KDeRosahttps://www.blogger.com/profile/06853211164976890091noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-25541994.post-47918857167308002672007-01-13T10:19:00.000-05:002007-01-13T10:19:00.000-05:00Teachers are not allowed to fail a class of studen...<i>Teachers are not allowed to fail a class of students in Algebra II when it is discovered by that teacher that the entire class can't calculated a percentage.</i><br /><br />Do you mean Washington teachers or all teachers?Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-25541994.post-18863000828032535152007-01-13T10:05:00.000-05:002007-01-13T10:05:00.000-05:00Your missing the point completely. Teachers are n...Your missing the point completely. Teachers are not allowed to fail a class of students in Algebra II when it is discovered by that teacher that the entire class can't calculated a percentage.<br /><br />You are told to teach the children you were given and grade according to that or quit the job. They will find someone else.<br /><br />This is a political problem, not an educator problem. Get he admon and politicians to allow us to grade our students honestly and you will never ever again see a child passing a class who fails a standardized test.<br /><br />But...We don't have the guts. Do we?Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-25541994.post-52189231535641824422007-01-10T21:49:00.000-05:002007-01-10T21:49:00.000-05:00Ken, that's an interesting and reasonable response...Ken, that's an interesting and reasonable response to the data. I'd say, however, that it's not really possible to know whether you're right without looking at the test and comparing it to the content of the courses at the first, second, and third years. If the test is measuring things learned in all three years, then requiring three years of math is the first step to a higher pass rate. Once that's done, working more closely with students of lesser ability would follow.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-25541994.post-191712999128057792007-01-10T21:13:00.000-05:002007-01-10T21:13:00.000-05:00Michael, I am suspect of such stats because they d...Michael, I am suspect of such stats because they don't control for cognitive ability. No doubt, it's the smarter kids who are taking the extra courses. Giving the less able kids more math isn't going to necessaily boost the pass rate up to the existing 3 course pass rate, though you'll likely see some movement at the margin due to the extra instruction.KDeRosahttps://www.blogger.com/profile/06853211164976890091noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-25541994.post-32667111284631053892007-01-10T20:37:00.000-05:002007-01-10T20:37:00.000-05:00Ken, I appreciate your comment. What are your thou...Ken, I appreciate your comment. What are your thoughts on the two versus three year math results?Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-25541994.post-41145006487274691432007-01-10T17:28:00.000-05:002007-01-10T17:28:00.000-05:00You guys are opening up a whole 'nother can of wor...You guys are opening up a whole 'nother can of worms that I was trying to avoid.<br /><br />I undestand many of these state tests generally suck. Be that as it may, they are known entities and even though the tests are dopey, the curriculum is aligned to the dopiness. And, I'm sure, there's a lot of teaching to the test going on that specifically covers all the dopiness students might ordinarily encounter on such a test.<br /><br />In any event, the main point of the post was that the class grades weren't matching up to the WASL performance, something I always find amusing.KDeRosahttps://www.blogger.com/profile/06853211164976890091noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-25541994.post-13447594980872980542007-01-10T16:52:00.000-05:002007-01-10T16:52:00.000-05:00Gotta agree with Michael on this one, Ken. The WAS...Gotta agree with Michael on this one, Ken. The WASL is one of those tests that cares more about process than content. Kids that show how they arrived at the wrong answer get more points for being able to write down their thought process than kids who answer the questions correctly, but don't show work because they are good at calculations.<br /><br />The end result is a question of the chicken and the egg. In order to score well on WASL, many districts have switched to Connected Math and Cognitive Tutor Algebra, and have turned away from traditional math believing the constructivist teaching will pan out better on a constructivist test. But at the same time because a lot of non-traditional, constructvist math is the predominant math curricula in WA, the WASL was designed to measure that BS -- er, knowledge.<br /><br />Of course you are exactly right about the kids not knowing what they don't know... and you should hear the outcry from the parents who truly are shocked that their A or B math student can't pass the WASL. The parents don't know what their kids don't know either.<br /><br />WA does have an advocacy group trying to tackle the problem, though. They're called "Where's the Math?" and they're trying to get WA to adopt the CA math standards. It will be tough because now the WA governor and Sup't of Public Instruction are trying to convince the legislature to mandate a single math curriculum -- and you can guess what curriculum that will be. Most likely "Bridges to Algebra" and "Math Investigations".Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-25541994.post-78313091812608855002007-01-10T10:36:00.000-05:002007-01-10T10:36:00.000-05:00Ken, you have one unstated assumption: that the WA...Ken, you have one unstated assumption: that the WASL is a valid test that is linked to appropriate math standards. I'm sure it probably is, but I'd like to see that assumption stated more clearly by more people. It's not a given.<br /><br />Also, you didn't highlight this: "Those who had taken only two years of high-school math when they took the WASL had a 51 percent pass rate, while 92 percent of students in their third year passed, said Nancy Katims, Edmonds assessment director."<br /><br />It seems to me that the problem is not the teaching so much as it is insufficient coursework. Require four years of math and things will get better.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.com