"Robert Houston" <email@example.com> wrote in message news://firstname.lastname@example.org...
> In Texas our political officials > have decided that 50% correct is passing for the TAKS test.
But only for the first year of the test. If memory serves me correctly there's a three year "phase-in" and in the third year the passing standard will be 70%.
I told my 9th graders that this 50% correct for passing is a bunch of crap - 70% is marginally acceptable - but 50% is not acceptable. Better than 80% of my students had a grade of 70% or better. I was proud of 'em. Very proud.
Unfortunately, it wasn't nearly as difficult as I was anticipating.