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Registered: 12/6/04
Posted: Mar 1, 1995 3:31 PM
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THis is a reply to the letter regarding the correlation between standardized
test results.

So now we can address assessment . RI is working on a state wide program
with a three prong approach- Standardized testing, performance based, and
portfolios. The assessment standards are due out from NCTM this spring. Any
comments from teachers who have tried the open ended problems, portfolios,
Incorporating all of this, including the writing, means MORE time - I am sure
we are all facing the same time constraints.
Add to that the emphasis on problem solving, keeping the computation ability
up, using calculators (I have to teach HOW
to use a standard calculator corrretly to approximately 90% of my 7th
graders), etc.
But it is all very exciting - this from a person who used Saxon for 5 years
and only two years ago transitiohed into Silver Burdett. Can't say I ever
used just THE text.
Local school committtees still are emphasizing those test scores - that's how
they currently measure students' progress and our "teaching" success.
Rose Marie
Middle School - Portsmouth RI

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