So what is it you are trying to assess? That the kids showed up for class? I thought these math league problems, most of them at least, were not too clever yet at the same time not too direct. I don't think you can have it both ways. Kids heading to algebra yet with no particular point. 

Bob Hansen  



On Oct 3, 2012, at 1:49 AM, Wayne Bishop <wbishop@calstatela.edu> wrote:

For a middling-level mathematics contest, as these are, I'm okay with them.  As broad-screen competency assessments, no thanks.

Wayne

At 02:13 AM 10/2/2012, Robert Hansen wrote:

On Oct 1, 2012, at 12:40 PM, Wayne Bishop <wbishop@calstatela.edu > wrote:

Hence my huge interest in quality K-7 mathematics with K-5 (both math and reading) being the most important and 6-7 having lots of ratio/percent/etc. word problems that have to actually be read and understood for the mathematical content and how to interpret it back in terms of the original setting.

How about these problems for a 7th grader?...

http://www.mathleague.com/ml-files/grade_7_2004-05_contest.pdf

Or these for an 8th grader?...

http://www.mathleague.com/ml-files/grade_8_2004-05_contest.pdf

Bob Hansen