A school board member in Florida took the standardized tenth grade test, the one handed out in high school that helps “steer” kids for college. He did … abysmally badly. If he had been a kid taking that, he’d be in remedial math classes and taking a double set of english / reading courses.
“It makes no sense to me that a test with the potential for shaping a student’s entire future has so little apparent relevance to adult, real-world functioning. Who decided the kind of questions and their level of difficulty? Using what criteria? To whom did they have to defend their decisions? As subject-matter specialists, how qualified were they to make general judgments about the needs of this state’s children in a future they can’t possibly predict? Who set the pass-fail “cut score”? How?”
“I can’t escape the conclusion that decisions about the [state test] in particular and standardized tests in general are being made by individuals who lack perspective and aren’t really accountable.”
Do you know what’s on the Oregon test? Could you pass it? Who writes these tests? It’s important to keep our answers to these questions in perspective when we’re discussing future plans with our kids. And if the child’s test scores are out-of-character, find out about other methods of evaluating them.