Date: Feb 2, 2014 12:45 PM
Author: Richard Hake
Subject: The Defiant Parents: Testing's Discontents <br> – Response to Hunt
I transmitted the substance of this post to Math-Teach on 01 Feb 2014 ~15:00-0800 but so far (02 Feb 09:40-0800) it had not shown up on the Math-Teach archives at <http://bit.ly/eOTrs1>.* Here's a second try:
In the abstract of my post "The Defiant Parents: Testing?s Discontents ? Response to Hunt" [Hake (2014)] I wrote:
"Modesty forbids mention of these examples. . . .[[of "formative evaluation" in the JCSEE sense]]. . . . . . 7. 'SET's Are Not Valid Gauges of Students' Higher-Level Learning #2' [Hake (2011b)] at <http://bit.ly/jLZaz5>."
In response, GS Chandy (2014) questioned the use of the apostrophe in the word "SET's" claiming that "SET's" means "SET IS".
Not so! According to Wikipedia's entry on "Apostrophe " at <http://bit.ly/LDZAwy>:
"USE IN FORMING CERTAIN PLURALS: An apostrophe is used by some writers to form a plural for abbreviations, acronyms, and symbols where adding just "s" rather than " 's " may leave things ambiguous or inelegant."
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REFERENCES [All URL's shortened by <http://bit.ly/> and accessed on 02 Feb 2014.]
Chandy, GS. 2014. "Re: The Defiant Parents: Testing?s Discontents ? Response to Hunt," online on the OPEN! (but heavily moderated) Math-Teach archives at <http://bit.ly/1fBdaLr>. Post of 01 Feb 1:42 am (the Math Forum fails to specify the time zone).
Hake, R.R. 2014. "The Defiant Parents: Testing's Discontents ? Response to Hunt," online on the OPEN! AERA-L archives at <http://bit.ly/1lqiR4u>. The abstract and link to the complete post are being transmitted to several discussion lists and are on my blog "Hake'sEdStuff" at <http://bit.ly/1iVpgmf> with a provision for comments.
* Ed. note: See http://mathforum.org/kb/thread.jspa?threadID&17789