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Topic: standardized tests
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standardized tests
Posted: Sep 6, 1995 12:15 AM
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Since we've been having this big discussion (again) about standardized
tests--specifically the AP exam--could I please ask if the teachers
who have to prepare their students for this test KNOW what is on
this test? One of the reasons I find the tests I'm forced to give
so insulting and ridiculous is that I am not supposed to know what
is on them. Therefore I have no way of preparing my students for
it and yet I am supposed to be juged--and my school is judged--on
how well my students do. What kind of thinking is that? The stuff
on this test is SOOOOO important that students MUST do well, but
heaven forbid we should teach the students the stuff they're going'
to be tested on. Maybe it's different with the AP.
I have to admit I don't mind at all the idea of a decent
test BASED ON WHAT IS TAUGHT and one that teachers actually TEACH
for. It's like the Olympics--the coaches know exactly what
is going to be judged and so do the athletes. That's exactly
what they do--prepare for the "test"
Cindy Chapman

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