Date: Oct 3, 2012 1:55 AM
Author: Wayne Bishop
Subject: Re: An Algebra 2 Test
I'd be quite happy, thanks. Moreover, I am afraid that this set of

exams is going to be undercut by the "new" so-called authentic ones

following the national standards (that have been around for decades

as God's gift to US public education).

Wayne

At 03:19 AM 10/2/2012, Robert Hansen wrote:

>So here are released problems from the California CST Algebra 2 exam...

>

>http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sr/documents/rtqalg2.pdf

>

> >From the standpoint of skills, these problems have good coverage. Namely...

>

>Polynomial Arithmetic

>Factoring and Simplification

>Simultaneous Equations

>Graphing

>Probability

>Conic Sections

>Binomial Expansion

>Logs and Exponents

>Absolute Value and Radicals

>Complex Numbers

>

>But from the standpoint of problems, this exam has hardly any and of

>the few problems it does have, they are just direct adaptations of

>the skills. For example, restating a simultaneous equation directly

>into words...

>

>"For a wedding, Shereda bought several dozen roses and several dozen

>carnations. The roses cost $15 per dozen, and the carnations cost $8

>per dozen. Shereda bought a total of 17 dozen flowers and paid a

>total of $192. How many roses did she buy?"

>

>The SAT and ACT have better questions than this. Skills are

>important, they go with the territory, but this test doesn't even

>hint at the territory. This test does not embody the algebraic nor

>mathematical reasoning which is required to apply in a context that

>uses it, like physics.

>

>How many of you, if it were your own son or daughter, would stop at

>this skill based exam?

>

>Bob Hansen