Monday, April 23, 2007

Stats for idiots

We all know that one of the "new" goals of the education system was to wind up with 80% of kids at or above grade level. What I hadn't realized until my class this evening was that the kids are rated based on their placement within the bell curve of a normalized test. Only 50% can ever be at or above grade level, no matter how well the students know the subject matter. We're chasing our own tails here! The people setting policy are idiots.


Teacher Jane said...

UGH. I remember the day I learned that. I came home and raged at my roommates for a good half hour before I felt even close to normal.

How appropriate to be reminded of this, especially on a day when I'll be proctoring (yet another!) standardized test.

alyndabear said...

I agree with you. And even though our education systems are miles apart and probably completely different, I'm going to take a wild guess and say that ANY form of standardised testing can kiss my teacher arse. :K

Teacher Anonymous said...

Well, I'd say standardized tests have their uses, however they're just not being used properly in the majority of cases.