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    Filed at 4:33 pm under by dcobranchi

    It’s Monday, and you know what that means– time for the weekly recycled Redovich rant. This one, at least the part that I could stomach, is pretty funny. Of course there’s a war on public education. It’s all so unfair. Those poor hard-working edu-crats are so misunderstood. Blah, blah, blah. The inadvertant comedy today is all about comparing math scores on an international test.

    One of the primary weapons used in the war against American public education is the spurious analysis of standardized test results of any kind on any academic subject that can be construed to show that K-12 schools in the United States are failing. The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2003 math test is an excellent example of a ridiculous test that has absolutely no validated proficiency levels to assess the abilities in math of 15-year olds from 41 countries. Student samples from the 41 countries are not statistically comparable. There is absolutely no evidence that the test questions apply learning problems with real world context in mathematics literacy and problem solving. There is absolutely no relationship between the math curriculum taught in the U.S. and the 41 countries administering the test.

    Of all the subjects taught in schools, I would expect math to be the most “international.” So, if American schools truly aren’t teaching what the other 41 countries are, well why the hell not?! And, if they are, then they just plain stink at it. Either way– not good news for the g-schools. So, has Redovich joined the war against the g-schools?

    One Response to “R-CUBED”


    Comment by
    Joan
    December 13th, 2004
    at 7:27 pm

    So she said, “There is absolutely no evidence that the test questions apply learning problems with real world context in mathematics literacy and problem solving.”

    Careful, public school system. Anything you say about standardized testing can and will be used against you.