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Re: a little light humor
Posted: Jun 18, 2008 9:08 PM
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I agree. Using "real-life" examples are a great idea but you have to be very careful when assuming something is part of someone's "general knowledge". ?I think the mileage?question and the walkway question were unfair. The idea behind behind both question were excellent. They need to be written better. Most of the walkways around our area only have bricks around the outside and are filled in with cement.
Caryl Lorandini

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From: Evan Romer <>
Sent: Wed, 18 Jun 2008 8:32 pm
Subject: Re: a little light humor

I too am glad you brought up the gas mileage question. I thought it was a very poor question. Excellent idea for a question, but the last time I checked, "gas mileage" was not part of the IA curriculum, so how can the state expect students to know what it means? And sure enough, many did not know what it meant. If they wanted us to teach "gas mileage," they should have told us that. Since they didn't tell us that, they have no business using it on a test.?
It's too bad, because the problem is an excellent example of using and understanding math. But it needed to be written in a way that did not depend on students knowing that phrase.?
(I would also guess that suburban and rural kids would be more likely to be familiar with it than urban kids, but I don't really know.)?
-- Evan Romer?
? Susquehanna Valley HS?
On Wednesday, June 18, 2008, at 07:01 AM, Cynthia Chuttey wrote:?
> Thanks, Tom, I was hoping someone would mention the gas mileage > question. We, too, had MANY students calculate correctly, but choose > Tom with the better mileage. 9th graders aren't filling up their > tanks, yet. Perhaps we'd have better results if the question turns up > on the Math B??
> Cindy?
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> Subject: a little light humor?
> A little off topic, but concerning the miles per gallon question:?
> We had quite a few students correctly calculate the number of miles > per gallon each car gets, (12.5 and 15) but then chose Tom's car as > being better than Ann's, because the number is lower.?
> FINALLY! We now know why SUV's have been selling so well for all > these years!?
> -Tom?
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