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Topic: Re: Article In Newsday about Algebra Regents Exam
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JFish@csufsd.org

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Registered: 12/3/04
Re: Article In Newsday about Algebra Regents Exam
Posted: Jun 24, 2013 8:04 PM
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The 'higher-ups" in our glorious state have become severely-flawed,
over-thinkers! 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 100-point test where the kids and their teachers can see the
target. Let them show what they know rather than fret over over the
"gotcha-style" questions that the all-knowing 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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