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  • Robert Swanson
    Nov 2, 2000
      >The California Board of Education has unanimously approved the
      > state's first high school exit exam... (see below)

      I bet this monster scares most everybody.

      It makes sense to test if education is working except when everyone knows
      already that it is not.

      Besides, what are they going to test as pertinent valuable information?
      Wait, I know... Columbus discovered America; the square root of 264; how a
      free market system is giving us all equal opportunity; how we have the best
      political system providing the best leaders in the world.

      I had to square off a piece of property last year. Of course I've forgotten
      most all the math and geometry. So I bought a how-to book at the hardware
      store. There was NOT ONE item of math in the book. Next I asked a bunch of
      guys just graduated or still in school for help -- all perplexed. I hired a
      guy with a fancy tool. He said, "put a mark there; now over there; now
      there..." I asked how he knew - he couldn't or wouldn't say. My point is
      that we are a reference society. If we don't reference it on the web then we
      reference a specialist. If brains were meant to be memory chips for extent
      information, then we have totally missed employing this function. And that
      exit exam aint gonna fix nothin. Pobodies nerfect!

      It's true, most of what we learn we learn in kindergarten, actually by four
      years old. What is important?... how to get along, how to clean up after
      myself, and how to brush my teeth. After that it is all about having fun and
      exploring. That is where school comes in.


      on 9/28/00 3:45 AM, Hathaway, Todd LTJG at thathaway@...
      > California Graduation Exit Exam Gets The Green Light
      > By Daniel Borsuk
      > Sacramento - The California Board of Education has unanimously approved the
      > state's first high school exit exam that this year's freshman, the class of
      > 2004, will be required to pass in order to earn a diploma.
      > As spelled out in state law, the test will be optionally given to freshmen
      > in March 2001. Beginning in tenth grade, students will be required to take
      > the exam. They will be permitted to retake the exam as many times as
      > possible to pass the test.
      > Under development by Washington, D.C.-based American Institutes of Research,
      > the exam will consist of 200 multiple choice questions, 100 questions in
      > English, including some from reading passages, and 100 questions in
      > mathematics, including first-year algebra. Two written samples will be
      > required. The test will take four to six hours, but it will not have a time
      > limit. The passing score will be determined at an upcoming meeting of the
      > state board of education.
      > The graduation test is one of a series of education reforms Gov. Gray Davis
      > proposed last year that state legislators quickly passed even though there
      > remains concern high school teachers are unprepared to teach the test
      > material, especially algebra.
      > Two weeks ago, a bill was sent to Gov. Davis to address a flaw in the state
      > graduation requirements in which high school students must enroll in at
      > least two mathematics classes, but not necessarily algebra. Gov. Davis will
      > in all likelihood ratify the bill that will add the subject as a graduation
      > requirement beginning with the class of 2004.
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