Reflection Week 4: 2 Cents Worth-Sir? Would You Mind Taking this Test?

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David Warlick posted in his blog an article that his daughters sent him about a man that took the State of Florida’s standardized test, and failed it.  This man, named Brady, is a Florida district board member.  After taking the test, and not doing well, he questions what is being asked of the students.  He is quoted saying, “It might be argued that I’ve been out of school too long, that if I’d actually been in the 10th grade prior to taking the test, the material would have been fresh. But doesn’t that miss the point? A test that can determine a student’s future life chances should surely relate in some practical way to the requirements of (that) life. I can’t see how that could possibly be true of the test I took.”

This point that is made speaks to me as a future teacher.  Teacher’s are required to teach to the standardized test that the students will take.  Teacher’s put all of their time and effort into making sure that students do well on these tests.  But, people who are working in the real world aren’t scoring well on these tests.  That means that what the students are being tested on isn’t what they will be doing in their future careers for the most part.

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