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Re: Article In Newsday about Algebra Regents Exam
Posted:
Jun 24, 2013 8:04 PM


The 'higherups" in our glorious state have become severelyflawed, overthinkers! They dub themselves psychomatricians and claim to be experts. Well I agree with TZIPPY....and I'm nearly as "old" too. How many math students from the last 20 years have even heard of "interpolation" for example?
I'm all for progress provided the progress is meaningful and not watered down by curves/scales that give a 9th grader a false of security. One in which they feel they worked at a certain level and achieved a 70 on the Integrated Algebra exam only to attempt Geometry at the same level of effort.....and FAIL miserably. We all know why the scales were introduced....to allow a higher percentage of students in, let's call them "troubled districts", to APPEAR to pass.
How is that "good" for our students' learning?
Go back to a 100point test where the kids and their teachers can see the target. Let them show what they know rather than fret over over the "gotchastyle" questions that the allknowing psychomatricians conjure up!
(I don't mind being on my soapbox because I am completely sick of what is happening!)
Jim
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