> Kent- > > >>I think that measuring human behavior is not impossible, but extremely > difficult. I think The SAT, like the IQ test, says a lot more about large > groups, then it does about the individual.>> > > At this point, in many places in this country, arguing about the efficacy of > standardized tests is a silly enterprise. It is so completely ludicrous to > question these tests when the presense of them might tackle a REAL problem. > > In the inner city, lack of student motivation is profound and deep. On any > day 1/6 of our student body is absent. Getting them to do homework is a task > difficult beyond belief. At Open House 10% of the parents show. Student > motivation (perhaps THE most important component for educational success) is > almost totally lacking in a very large minority of our students. > > We need real tests to help us motivate our kids. You don't pass; you aren't > promoted!! It's very simple. The only people seemingly incapable of > understanding are the reforming educrats. > > When is somebody going to come and help us? It gets terribly frustrating at > times, particularly when you read the nonsense known as the NCTM "Standards". > Standards my %^&*((. > > Dan > > > Dan,
What do you actually KNOW about standardized tests? What documentation have you studied? What ETS publications have you perused even cursorily? Having spent over 15 years working with the major instruments the ETS has produced to "separate the wheat from the chaff," I am not very impressed with what they have come up with.
Try reading the two part article in the ATLANTIC MONTHLY that appeared during the summer. Try reading Stephan Jay Gould's MISMEASURE OF MAN. Try reading SOMETHING before bemoaning how the "educrats" (whatever the heck that's supposed to mean) are ruining you, your students, and American education in general.
The sad fact is that you have bought the testing myths lock, stock, and barrel, and you're too intellectually lazy and dishonest (and yes, those are meant to be just as insulting as they might appear to be) to take the time to learn the first thing about what you're advocating. Just as many of your complaints about the Standards appear to be made completely off the top of your head (not to mention being conflated with the California standards), your advocacy of standardized tests seems to be grounded in nothing.
Having just gotten flack from you about MY alleged religious fervor, I think it only fair to suggest that you examine yourself with that particular lens.