So the New Yorker magazine does an article about the recent Atlanta school system standardized test cheating conspiracy: Wrong Answer. This used to be the thing that would inspire hours of research and writing to create an überpost, but I’m going to resist that. Instead, I’m just going to quote this little excerpt:
“Without even reading the question, I could tell you just by the shape of the graph, ‘Oh, my kids know that,’ ” (Damany Lewis, a math teacher at Parks Middle School, in Atlanta) told me. He put the test in his fireplace once he’d confirmed that he had taught the necessary concepts. But he worried that his students would struggle with questions that were delivered in paragraph form. Some of his seventh-grade students were still reading by sounding out the letters. It seemed unfair that the concepts were “buried in words.”
Seventh grade. They’re 12-13 years old, assuming none had been previously held back.
And some can barely read.
But the tests are at fault.