- Subject: Little Editorial
- From: Bob <BDeBuhr@EXCITE.COM>
- Date: Sat, 24 Mar 2001 11:24:40 -0800
- Reply-to: Assessment Reform Network Mailing List <ARN-L@LISTS.CUA.EDU>
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Thought folks might be interested in a rural down-home editorial -at least
some bits and parts. Asotin County, Washington has a couple of little
weeklies that don't have Internet address or I'd send you the whole article.
The logic of the editor's agruments are questionable, however his apprach
toward his conclusion and the action he will take are interesting.
The the Asotin County Sentinel: Headline "Washington State Granola Eaters
Have Tken Over Our Schools"
"Years were spent designing and writing goals, millions and millions of
dollars spent on workshops and junkmail, hours and hours of teachers's time
demanded and the result of eight years of this expensive effort? Complete
and utter failure."
"On the seventh grade math test the student is required to write out his or
her answers explaining how he or she arrived at getting the answer. When
the scores are given for each answer, you can get points fo attemping to
explain even if your answer is totally incorrect. Now, here is the kicker!"
"George Genius just writes down the correct answer without any explaination.
He only gets the mimimum points. You can have the totally wrong answer and
get the same minimum points as George, who was correct, as long as you
explain your thinking."
"Further, a student could pass both the fourth and seventh grade tests and
not know his multiplication tables by heart! The reason I brought up the
math test first was because math is supposed to be black and white, right or
wrong. Therefore, we should be able to all agree on what a student should
know in this area and be able to design an easily measurable test. But this
reform people haven't even come close to doing this in eight years of
"Some people love this "reform". Mostly, the granola eaters who have
somehow seized power and pushed their values onto everyone who will ever
attempt to graduate from high school in the near future."
"My son is a fourth grader and will be asked to waste his school time taking
them soon. Iam going to tell the school, "No thanks. We're going
fly-fishing that week." I want him to learn something, not be a guinea pig
for "reform" tests."*
*The Asotin County Sentinel
Issue number 13
My note: I guess our local editor considers the Washington Round Table and
the Legislature "Granola Eaters".
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