From the Washington Post-
Here are two quick quizzes that we have assembled for you to take with problems taken from a published version of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.
One of the seven-question quizzes is for math
, the other for reading
, and both are at the 10th-grade level. It includes your score as you go and at the end. You are permitted to use a calculator and look up general equations (Pythagorean, volume of a sphere, etc.).
Why did we create these quizzes?
We decided to do this because of the enormous popularity of a guest post by educator Marion Brady about a school board member in Florida who decided to take the state standardized test.
He didn’t do so well, which you can read all about here
. I then followed up with this post revealing who the school board member was and sharing an interview with him.OJ Personal Note- Very interesting interview from the fellow who didn't do so well. I really don't know what to say about this one... I managed 100% on both, and I know plenty of people who are a lot smarter than me... are we maybe measuring the wrong stuff?
The school board member who took the test said that "he didn't know" the answers to any of the math questions, but guessed at some correctly. Me too. I'm really terrible at math. But evaluating a group of unknowns, and applying "common sense" (whatever that is) to eliminate the least probable, and then maybe a ballpark trial or two on the remaining possibilities to see if they look reasonable... isn't that how we make the great majority of decisions in our lives? If the math tests are really measuring the ability to reason also, doesn't that increase their validity? Or should a math test be strictly for math, and a separate reasoning-ability section be included, with a pass required in at least one of the two?