I Smell Something Rotten
In this article about a successful adult taking a 10th grade test
By any reasonable measure, my friend is a success. His now-grown kids
are well-educated. He has a big house in a good part of town. Paid-for
condo in the Caribbean. Influential friends. Lots of frequent flyer
miles. Enough time of his own to give serious attention to his school
board responsibilities. The margins of his electoral wins and his good
relationships with administrators and teachers testify to his openness
to dialogue and willingness to listen.
And his thoughts about the test?
“I won’t beat around the bush,” he wrote in an email. “The math section
had 60 questions. I knew the answers to none of them, but managed to
guess ten out of the 60 correctly. On the reading test, I got 62% . In
our system, that’s a “D”, and would get me a mandatory assignment to a
double block of reading instruction.
He knew the answers to NONE of the math questions? I mean, seriously?