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This Just In: Adults Take Kids’ State Graduation Test. Most Sent Back to Redo High School

Is anyone really surprised that sixty percent of the “50 accomplished adults” (state legislators, scientists, professors, etc.) who took a representative graduation test in Rhode Island scored “substantially below proficient“? (Just for the record, I doubt I would have done any better.) The Providence Student Union, who sponsored the test, was hoping to make the case that the test “doesn’t effectively score a person’s value or worth.” Point taken.

Meanwhile, opposition to testing continues to grow across the United States, and if you thought this was just an American thing, think again. The pushback against national assessments in Australia (and other places) is growing as well.



  1. Jim Crimella says:

    Honestly, I think standardized or any multiple choice test is worthless. I’ve been in the business and education world for 10 years now and the only multiple choice test I ever had to take was my teacher certification exam. Tests aren’t taken with a paper/pencil, or computer in the real world. You are given a task or goal and either you meet it or not. The product you create, the sales figure you hit, the income you generate is the mark of success in the business world. Why we still value rote/guessing knowledge is beyond me. To me, it just breeds a class of mindless robotlike drones that like sitting in cubicles and generating spreadsheet and TPS reports (no idea if those are a real thing or not, but I started thinking about the movie Office Space). Which maybe corporate America wants, but if the average kid will take a breath and come up from the YOLO cloud they’ve been living in perhaps they can see that the world awaiting them isn’t so peachy and maybe they shouldn’t rely on getting a job to make a living.

  2. And what’s exhausting to those of us still in the classroom, Will, is that those same tests are being used as cudgels in the teacher evaluation process.

    What worries me is that I don’t see anything changing no matter HOW many adults fail these tests. Testing isn’t about anything other than destroying the public school system. Nothing better to achieve that goal then developing useless and impossible high stakes assessments that no one can realistically pass.

    This quote from a Tennessee senator comes to mind:


    Hope you’re well.

    • Thanks for the reminder of the passion on the other side. ;0)

      I’m doing what I can…opting out again, writing letters, starting newsletters…

      What we need is free private school. Hmmm…..


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