Standardized tests are like cookie cutters! - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Zev Davis
    • 23.02.11 | 09:40 (IST)

    A while ago in the States an exceptionally bright high school senior "failed" the mathematics secion of is SATs. The parents were puzzled and asked to see the way it was scored. After pulling many teeth, it turned out that the method the senior used was not only correct, but original. Whoever examined the test lacked the level of sophistication to understand the process the equations were solved. In the end, of course, the senior's test score was "adjusted". Other than that, in Halachah, a "fruit" is anything that grows, so that you have to specify whether it is "of the tree", or it grows in the ground, whether it is a annual, or a perennial. For the record, "fruits" that are processed to the point that you cannot recognize them for "what they are", get the same blessing as water, or eggs. The people who designed the test apparently didn't learn the Shulkhan Aruch so they failed "that test". The bottom line is that to some extent even the most "intelligent" standardized tests are bound to have cultural values where those students who are not "of the culture of test designer" will get a lower score.

    from the article: Israel's standardized testing gives the wrong results
    First published 04:00 23.02.11 | Last updated 04:00 23.02.11
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