Thanks for the replies to my request re an algebra diagnostic test.
I've got another question. We just got a brand new computer lab with all sorts of different operating systems. Don't ask; I'm not very adept in these things.
We're talking about which software to purchase. I know about the Sketchpad and I like LOGO a lot (great problem solving vehicle with the math very close). Quartermile is a great practice software and I've seen the IBM toolkit and that's pretty good.
What would you recommend buying for a new lab? Does anyone know a good algebra tutorial? Anything and everything would be of interest.
Thanks for your help.
Dan Hart LAUSD
BTW. Those who doubt the power of real externalized standards backed by rigorous exams should read the article "Helping Students in the Middle" in the Winter Issue of American Educator (the AFT magazine). Watch what other countries are doing while we're busy deconstructing American education.
Oh yeah, something else. I had 20 kids run and finish yesterday's LA Marathon due to a program called Students Run LA. About 1300 kids total ran the race. I often wonder how many kids we'd get to run if we set standards the way the NCTM does it.
It would go something like this." Kids, we're going to run to become powerful and rich runners. We won't keep track of how far we've run or how fast we've run it. We'll always run in groups so nobody's self esteem is damaged. We won't run races because we know races aren't a good indicator of a person's running ability. We all know Mr. Hart is as good as Alberto Salazar; he's only differently speedy. We'll keep track of our running by portfolio without times or measurements."
I wonder how many kids would excel with that credo.