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Topic: Bad tests or poor students?
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Steve Cottrell

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Registered: 12/6/04
Re: Bad tests or poor students?
Posted: Aug 22, 2001 6:35 PM
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Straightforward word problems, story problems, applications,
> whatever people want to call them, did not earn their place of striking
> fear in the hearts of students because of the criticisms you offered but
> because of an inability to read straightforward mathematics problems for
> reasonable comprehension. Again, Saxon is the best available toward that
> gate-opening, highly desirable goal.
> Wayne.

Just to illustrate, here are three "straightforward mathematics
problems" from Saxon Algebra 1/2, Second Edition, Lesson 114.B
Page 320.

The title of the lesson is "measuring angles."

Problem 1.

The wail of anguish turned into a paean of thanksgiving when the
teacher curved the grades. Forty percent of the students were
saved. If 1440 students were not saved, how many students were
there in all?

Problem 2.

The number that eschewed unauthorized assistance rose 260
percent in one month. If the number was 400 last month, what
was the number this month?

Problem 3.

The ratio of froward students at the conference to those who were
concilliatory was 2 to 11. If 390 students attended the conference,
how many were froward?

Steve Cottrell
Mathematics Supervisor K-12
Davis School District
P.O. Box 588
Farmington, UT 84025-0588

Phone 801-402-5123
Fax 801-402-5333

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