Friday, July 30, 2010


An article about test scores today says, “A state decision to raise passing standards on English and math tests has produced a dramatic drop in the number of students deemed academically proficient on Long Island and elsewhere across New York , outraging many local school officials.”

Here is a test.

A student takes a test and gets 6 out of 10 questions correct. The passing grade is 60%. The student passes. The next day the same student takes the same test and gets the same 6 questions right and again scores 60%. Passing grade that day has been raise to 80%. The student fails.

The test has two questions that both parents and educators don't seem to get right:

1) Has the student become less proficient?
2) Does proficient mean that everyone should get a trophy?

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