Monday, March 27, 2006

Truth or Consequences

Let's say you share a worksheet with old test questions to help your students prepare for a standardized test. Let's say the same questions show up on the actual test. Do you get a thank you card?

In Maryland, you get suspended, actually.

Standardized tests should be revised with every administration. In NYC, they gave the same English competency test for 20 years. Enterprising students stole copies of the test and circulated the answers by email. If a lowly teacher like me can figure that out, professional test prep experts ought to know too.

(They've now revised the test, dumbed it down, and have been giving the same one for about 5 years now. Kudos to Klein's crack DoE.)
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