Friday, March 21, 2014

Kindergarten Nightmare of Computerized Testing in Seattle

Kindergarten Nightmare of Computerized Testing in Seattle

This is not some sick future-in-hell novel, this is real life. The WASL abused 4th graders. This is .... kindergarten.

Giving kindergarteners computerized tests that pc-trained grown ups would need training for is child abuse on several levels. 8+4??? Drag the 1 and then the 2 into the answer box?? Kindergarten is to learn how to go to school, not start taking the SAT to get sorted for Harvard for pete's sake. The Asians don't even do this to our kids (yet...)
Is this education? Is this what we want for our children and grandchildren? Teachers have called the testing regime child abuse and here you get to read about it firsthand. A teacher's recount of t...

Monday, March 17, 2014

Will Asians Kill Race Preferences in California?

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Overlooked: ‘Coalition of the Ascendant’ Goes to War–With Itself; If you’re looking for moments when tectonic issue shifts seem to become visible–like the moment when Dems realized they had to give up on gun control, or the (coming) moment when there are enough charter school parents to defeat teachers’ unions–here’s one:  the moment when California Democrats abandon a push to reinstate race preferences because of constituent-driven opposition from Asian Americans in their own ranks. 
Background: California passed Ward Connerly’s Prop. 209 in 1996, which banned race preferences in admission at public colleges like the University of California.  This latest push is an attempt by the state’s Democrats to advance a constitutional amendment that would undo this aspect of 209. …
Meanwhile, the state’s Asians, who have done fine in the admissions game without preferences, now constitute about 11 percent of the electorate–bigger than the state’s black vote, though still smaller than the Latino share  (which was 22% in the 2012 exit poll). Asian communities seem to worry, not without reason, that preference-aided admissions for blacks and Latinos will mean fewer slots for Asians. …

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Larger Meanings:  1) California is now more-or-less a one-party state, run by Democrats. If Dems can’t pass an affirmative action bill even when they are in full control, what does that say about the future of affirmative action? … 2) One-party government seems to sometimes make local Democrats more responsible. If there were a powerful Republican faction to be beaten, state legislators might choose to promote affirmative action if only to paint the GOPs as bigots. That is no longer necessary in California. ….
The Forward Lean:  Even though the  San Jose Mercury News says the initiative is on “life support,” I suspect the Dems will eventually patch up their differences and get an anti-209 amendment on the ballot. Too embarrassing for the party ideologists otherwise. But the cracks are now out in the open.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

England Imports Chinese Math Teachers To Boost Grades

England Imports Chinese Math Teachers To Boost Grades

From "Charlotte Iserbyt" Subject: What would C.S. Lewis say?

If my head shakes much more, it will fall off my body.
    1. GlobalPost - 23 hours ago
      England, the home of some of the world's elite schools and universities, is calling in maths teachers from China to help boost standards after ...

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

SAT to drop writing essay requirement and return to top score of 1600

 College Board, the nonprofit organization that owns the SAT, late last year appointed a new president, David Coleman, who was a co-writer of the Common Core State Standards
The new exam will be available on paper and computer,

scoring will revert to the old 1600 scale, with a top score of 800 on math and what will now be called “Evidence-Based Reading and Writing.” The optional essay will have a separate score.
revamped less than a decade ago when a written essay was added

 Last year, for the first time, it lost its designation as the most popular college admissions exam to the ACT, by a margin of a few thousand students.

Common Core Alignment?

    1. Indiana Public Media ‎- by Elle Moxley ‎- 18 hours ago
      High school students will take a very different college entrance examin two years when the company that administers the SAT rolls out a new ...

    2. The changes coming to the exam are extensive: The SAT’s rarefied vocabulary words will be replaced by words that are common in college courses, such as “empirical” and “synthesis.” The math questions, now scattered widely across many topics, will focus more narrowly on linear equations, functions and proportional thinking. The use of a calculator will no longer be allowed on some of the math sections. The new exam will be available on paper and computer, and the scoring will revert to the old 1600 scale, with a top score of 800 on math and what will now be called “Evidence-Based Reading and Writing.” The optional essay will have a separate score.
      Once the pre-eminent college admissions exam, the SAT has recently lost ground to the ACT, which is based more directly on high school curriculums and is now taken by a slightly higher number of students.
      The new SAT, to be introduced in the spring of 2016, will not quell all criticism of the standardized-test juggernaut. Critics have long pointed out — and [College Board President David] Coleman admits — that high school grades are a better predictor of college success than standardized test scores. A growing number of colleges have in recent years gone “test optional,” allowing students to forgo the tests and submit their grades, transcripts and perhaps a graded paper.
      Both the SAT and the ACT are being retooled to align with the nationally-crafted Common Core expectations...
      Representatives from both companies, however, have reassured Indiana lawmakers who want to leave the Common Core that the tests will remain relevant to Hoosier students.
    1. New York Times ‎- 7 hours ago
      David Coleman, president of the College Board, has used his position to overhaul the SAT and have it better reflect what students should be ...
    But “when is there a situation in either college or life when you’re asked to write on demand about something you’ve never once thought about?” he asked. “I’ve never gotten an email from a boss saying: ‘Is failure necessary for success? Get back to me in 25 minutes?’ But that’s what the SAT does.” Perelman said that tutors commonly taught their students to create and memorize an all-purpose essay that contained the necessary elements for a top score — “a personal anecdote, a few historical references; Florence Nightingale seems a strangely popular reference.” When test day comes, they regurgitate what they’ve committed to memory, slightly reshaping depending on the question asked. But no one is actually learning anything about writing.

    1. Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)‎ - 9 hours ago

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