Column #33, posted March 22, 2007
I Failed the FCATs! (complete with PowerPoint presentation)
Attached is a PowerPoint presentation that shows some questions from the third grade math & reading and fifth grade science FCATs which are the tests given to all Florida students. (That is where I live.) Things to bear in mind while looking at the questions and my responses:
1. Math – I was a math major in college as well as a computer science professor for 35 years. I never used math after college. I can’t say I used it in college either, but I did take lots of courses in it.
2. Reading – I can read. I could even pass reading tests as a kid. I remember scoring at the 12th grade level in 6th grade. Everyone was impressed. So, I knew how to play that test game. I don’t anymore.
Is the point to read something and see if you remember it? If it is, I didn’t. If the point is to see if you can find stuff in text you just read, why does that matter?
3. Science – I know a lot about science. This means I can reason from evidence not just >use test tubes.
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