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NY passes students who get wrong answers on tests
New York Post ^ | June 6, 2010 | Carl Campanile and Susan Edelman,

Posted on 06/08/2010 3:51:55 PM PDT by wac3rd

Despite promises that the exams -- which determine whether students advance to the next grade -- would not be dumbed down this year, students got "partial credit" for wrong answers after failing to correctly add, subtract, multiply and divide. Some got credit for no answer at all.

"They were giving credit for blatantly wrong things," said an outraged Brooklyn teacher who was among those hired to score the fourth-grade test.

State education officials had vowed to "strengthen" and "increase the rigor" of both the questions and the scoring when about 1.2 million kids in grades 3 to 8 -- including 450,000 in New York City -- took English exams in April and math exams last month.

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But scoring guides obtained by The Post reveal that kids get half-credit or more for showing fragments of work related to the problem -- even if they screw up the calculations or leave the answer blank.

Examples in the fourth-grade scoring guide include:

* A kid who answers that a 2-foot-long skateboard is 48 inches long gets half-credit for adding 24 and 24 instead of the correct 12 plus 12.

* A miscalculation that 28 divided by 14 equals 4 instead of 2 is "partially correct" if the student uses the right method to verify the wrong answer.

* Setting up a division problem to find one-fifth of $400, but not solving the problem -- and leaving the answer blank -- gets half-credit.

* A kid who subtracts 57 cents from three quarters for the right change and comes up with 15 cents instead of 18 cents still gets half-credit.

* A student who figures the numbers of books in 35 boxes of 10 gets half-credit despite messed-up multiplication that yields the wrong answer, 150 instead of 350.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: arneduncan; diversity; education; liberalism
Basically, they pass kids without getting the right answer. The dumbing-down of children via Liberalism continues under the guise of compassion.

Needy sheep are easy to make pull the Democrat lever in elections, when Poppa Government is paying your bills.

1 posted on 06/08/2010 3:51:55 PM PDT by wac3rd
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To: wac3rd

Obama voters


2 posted on 06/08/2010 3:54:16 PM PDT by Starstruck
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To: wac3rd

How ‘bout we give teachers partial pay?


3 posted on 06/08/2010 3:54:30 PM PDT by byteback
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To: byteback

Absolutely the right full credit answer.


4 posted on 06/08/2010 3:56:31 PM PDT by Kozy (Calling Al Gore)
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To: wac3rd

Hey, does this mean that I actually passed Trigonometry and Calculus in high school? Does that mean they will change my report cards?

Well, it’s about time. Only 48 years late.

Gee. I really did try hard, honestly.

Oh, about that French course in college ...


5 posted on 06/08/2010 3:57:35 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Starstruck

Barack Hussein Obama, mmm, mmm, mmm....you don’t need the “right” answer, no, just throw out the wrong answer and have it counted as correct and learn nothing. The Democratic way of life...dummies breeding dummies.


6 posted on 06/08/2010 3:57:46 PM PDT by wac3rd (Gulf oil spews...Obama sues.)
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To: wac3rd

This is why kids working sales counters can’t make change in the heads. I wonder what sort of world liberals think will exist when people can’t even count money correctly. I will not be unicorn-filled technological paradise, that is for sure.


7 posted on 06/08/2010 4:00:41 PM PDT by Clock King (Ellisworth Toohey was right: My head's gonna explode.)
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To: wac3rd

TEACHING MATH IN 1950:

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price. What is his profit?
TEACHING MATH IN 1960:

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price, or $80. What is his profit?
TEACHING MATH IN 1970:

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $80. Did he make a profit?
TEACHING MATH IN 1980:

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $80 and his profit is $20. Your assignment: Underline the number 20.
TEACHING MATH IN 1990:

A logger cuts down a beautiful forest because he is selfish and inconsiderate and cares nothing for the habitat of animals or the preservation of our woodlands. He does this so he can make a profit of $20.
What do you think of this way of making a living? Topic for class participation after answering the question: How did the birds and squirrels feel as the logger cut down their homes? (There are no wrong answers).

TEACHING MATH IN 2005:

Un hachero vende una carretada de Madera pare $100. ¡El costo de la producción es $80….


8 posted on 06/08/2010 4:01:04 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
Oh, about that French course in college ...

"French is my favourite - fantastic language, especially to curse with. Nom de Dieu de putain de bordel de merde de saloperies de connards d'enculés de ta mère. You see, it's like wiping your arse with silk, I love it."

9 posted on 06/08/2010 4:06:09 PM PDT by Clock King (Ellisworth Toohey was right: My head's gonna explode.)
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To: Clock King

Chapeau means hat, oeuf means egg. It’s like those French have a different word for everything.


10 posted on 06/08/2010 4:07:36 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
Hey, does this mean that I actually passed Trigonometry and Calculus in high school? Does that mean they will change my report cards?

Well, it’s about time. Only 48 years late.

They contemplated changing your grade, but it was 49 years ago ;)

11 posted on 06/08/2010 4:08:57 PM PDT by Repeat Offender (While the wicked stand confounded, call me with Thy Saints surrounded)
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To: wac3rd
When I was in jr. high in the 60’s a family I knew who had a son who could not read and they the school keep passing him from grade to grade and by the time he got to jr. high girls would write him notes and he would have to have someone read them to him and help write out an answer note. The funny thing was when he grew up he became a printer running three color off set machines. He even got into the national guard to keep from got to nam.
12 posted on 06/08/2010 4:18:59 PM PDT by guitarplayer1953 (Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to GOD! Thomas Jefferson)
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
Don't know much about science books or about the French I took hey did you write that song what a wonderful world all those years ago?
13 posted on 06/08/2010 4:21:09 PM PDT by guitarplayer1953 (Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to GOD! Thomas Jefferson)
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To: wac3rd

By passing them they are setting them up for college admissions. In college they cannot be flunked as it would hurt their self esteem and demonstrate vestiges of slavery. Therefore, they will be granted Phd’s, M.D.’s, CPA’s, J.D.’s and MBA’s so they can portray judges, rocket scientists, astronomers, business tycoons and ER doctors all in charge of their respective professional underlings.


14 posted on 06/08/2010 4:21:17 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: Clock King

#9: Oh, so that’s what one of my French teachers said to the whole class?

Actually the arrogant “grenouille” insulted our class by saying that American students were too stupid to learn French the way she taught it at the Sorbonne.

I was wondering why she was teaching at the Sorbet store. Must have missed something in the translation.

Actually the last time I heard a good French speaker it was in a meeting with Cambodian Premier Lon Nol. He did not have kind words about Prince Sihanouk or his wife (she supposedly ran the local brothel). I didn’t need a translator to understand that.


15 posted on 06/08/2010 4:33:46 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: guitarplayer1953

To Guitarplayer1953.

Sam Cook - “Wonderful World” - Cha, cha, cha.

Great song. You can hear it at “Song Cook” on Google/YouTube.

“Cupid” was a great dance song too. And “Chain Gang” ruled the airwaves” and the dance floor.

PS: “Wonder World” was used in one of the greatest coming-of-age movies of all time, “ANIMAL HOUSE” - “Toga Par-ty”!

A great singer and a great loss to the music world. Just listen to the crap that is “sung” today and you know why we miss the 50’s Do Whop/RocknRoll.


16 posted on 06/08/2010 4:41:41 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: dfwgator

That’s (#8) hillarious!


17 posted on 06/08/2010 4:44:59 PM PDT by budwiesest (It's that girl from Alaska, again.)
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
Been have a hankrin to hear the song last kiss here lately.
18 posted on 06/08/2010 4:48:27 PM PDT by guitarplayer1953 (Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to GOD! Thomas Jefferson)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

So we’ve got kids that can’t do math, and Boards of Education that can’t balance budgets, so how are they going to know when we have thrown enough money at the problem???


19 posted on 06/08/2010 5:34:01 PM PDT by Ed Condon (Wanted, newer tag line in good condition.)
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To: Clock King
This is why kids working sales counters can’t make change in the heads. I wonder what sort of world liberals think will exist when people can’t even count money correctly. I will not be unicorn-filled technological paradise, that is for sure.

I know what you mean... And even when the register tells the clerk how much change to give back, if there's anything slightly out of the ordinary, they just freeze up! For example, at a McD's I once got a meal, and the girl at the counter shorted my change by .10. When I asked her about it, she told me that she was out of dimes. I said I'd be happy to take two nickles, and she just didn't understand what I meant. No, I'm not kidding.

When I was in high school (1979 or 1980), I worked at a drug store where they had mechanical cash registers, and we were expected to calculate the sales tax in our heads!

Mark

20 posted on 06/08/2010 5:41:10 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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This certainly isn't anything new... When I was a freshman in highschool, back around 1975 or 1976, I took a freshman algebra class and it was the biggest joke, as far as learning and grading went. There was a quiz every Friday, and it was worth 10 points. If you turned in a blank sheet of paper with your name on it, you'd get 5 points. There were 10 problems to solve, and if you got each of them wrong, you'd still get the 5 points!

On the other hand, when I got to college and took CompSci 101, we also had a weekly quiz worth 10 points. If you turned in a blank sheet of paper with your name on it, you'd get a 0. If you didn't show up and turn in a sheet of paper with your name, you'd get a -10! And that course was NOT graded "on the curve." If you wanted an "A," you had to earn at least a 95% (90%-94% was an A-.) A really tough course, and that algebra course wouldn't have prepared me for it.

Mark

21 posted on 06/08/2010 5:54:24 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: Ed Condon

We as parents and citizens look at schools as a training ground for our children. We naturally want them well trained. The people who run our schools today believe that the school system exists to provide them with an ever increasing income sufficient to support them and their families. Thus, people and their school employees are at cross purposes. The quality of the education does not matter to the teachers and administrators the amount of funding does.


22 posted on 06/09/2010 9:28:34 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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