If science is "what we know" then here is some modest science. IQ is whatever it is that an IQ test measures. Unfortunately that is likely not the "quotient" suggested. Similarly, the SAT measures SATness. The GRE measures GREatness. The ACT measures theatre skills, and the CLEP may require antibiotics.
With more scientific depth, I have recently shown that a mathematical "lesson" has an incredibly short half-life, less that 10^-10 seconds. Within that time, half of the mathematical "lesson" decays into a mathematical "moron." The "moron" is either stable or of indeterminate length.
I hope these scientific insights resolve some of the test arguments.
----- Original Message ----- From: "Louis Talman" <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: <email@example.com> Cc: "Louis Talman" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Wednesday, April 05, 2006 11:50 AM Subject: Re: [math-learn] Schoenfeld's Criticism of The What Works Clearinghouse
> > On Apr 5, 2006, at 4:16 AM, Paul A. Tanner III wrote: > >> It's one thing to ask about any science that underlies the big >> standardized tests, the SAT, the ACT, the CLEP, the GRE, etc. But it's >> another thing to claim they are totally meaningless. I'm pointing out >> that the claim that they are totally meaningless - a claim that has >> been made by a certain someone who posts regularly at math forum - >> implies things that are not even close to being credible. >> >> One such thing is that the tests, since they are totally meaningless, >> do *not* show that there is in reality a performance gap between >> minorities and non-minorities, even though the data from these tests >> show such a gap, and reliably so, year after year after year. By the >> logic of "they are totally meaningless", minorities for all we know >> may >> actually be in reality learning *more* math than non-minorities. > > You still haven't produced any science underlying those tests, Paul. > Why are you evading the issue? > > > --Lou Talman > Department of Mathematical & Computer Sciences > Metropolitan State College of Denver > > <http://clem.mscd.edu/%7Etalmanl> > > > > > > > Yahoo! Groups Links > > > > > > >