American students face a ridiculous amount of testing. John Oliver explains how standardized tests impact school funding, the achievement gap, how often kids are expected to throw up.
What actually needs to be talked about is the amount of bullshit that is taught. They’d rather kids learn about leaves and Genghis Khan than what a mortgage or taxes are. It’s never been about the learning or the kids, its about getting good grades and getting out so you can move onto an even more corrupt system, college.
I guess YOU can do better as President of the USA?? John Oliver??
My state has MCAS (Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System). It’s absolutely no surprise that many kids refer to it as the Massachusetts Child Abuse System in the elementary schools. We spend half the year learning how to write open responses specifically for MCAS grading standards. And for five years, I have struggled with those tests. I am a good student and I’ve always done very well in class, but I got 2s and 3s on those sections of the tests. They are so hard, and stressful, and they make us start taking them in 3rd grade.
We’re lucky, because we haven’t had to switch to the PARCC test, but they did try it out at our school with randomly selected students. It was torture for them and most of them didn’t finish within the 3 1/2 hour testing session. For some states, like RI, that is the standard test.
Speaking as a student, the test are so stressful and it’s awful to take them. We start taking them in third grade, with two days of ELA and two of Math. Fourth grade has two ELA days, two Math days, and one day to write a Long Composition essay, which is expected to be about 2 1/2 pages long. Fifth grade has two ELA, two Math, and two Science days, where students are tested on subjects that they’ve learned over the past three years. Sixth grade has two ELA and two Math sessions, seventh grade has the same ELA, Math, and another long composition essay. Eighth grade is the same as fifth grade with the ELA, Math, and Science testing. In tenth grade, students take it again, with ELA, a long composition essay, Math, and Science.
And ours is easy in comparison to the PARCC testing.
I really hope this video has some type of positive effect for us students because we spend so much time trying to be ready for testing. So many classes are spent in preparation when we could be focusing more on actually learning. Perhaps this will change, but I don’t know, because I’m only a student.
One thing John forgot to take into account are the other test taking systems that are just as bad as common core, if not worse like the sols
When I was applying for a PhD position in different US Universities, I had to present the GRE (for general knowledge and English) and the TOEFL (for English). It was almost 500 Euro together and I had to present one after the other (in consecutive days)… at the end I was just tired and checking any answer, but the last point was about writing an essay…. OMG… It was terrible to just get a position based on these kind of (expensive) standarised tests. Little to say I am studying in Germany……
?! Since WHEN were these tests optional? How the hell did I miss that? Is it different for kids in New York, cause I’m pretty sure I didn’t have a choice when I was in school.
Vedo che i test sono una rogna anche oltreoceano :P
As a Florida high school student, with my closest friends having ANXIETY ATTACKS over these stupid standardized tests, let me tell you: they don’t work. My teachers are stressed. My friends are stressed. I’m stressed. The worst part is that WE STUDENTS AREN’T LEARNING! If I were to theoretically become an engineer, I’d be hapless. Yeah, I passed all math requirements, but this is NOT due to my ability as a student. We’re all being taught how to take Standardized Tests, tests that may total 30% of our overall grade AND determine our teachers’ fates. I’ll be the first to admit, under the mandatory curriculum, I’m not learning how to do anything applicable. I’m being taught how to take a test. And, last time I checked, there’s no multiple choice in real life.
It’s funny when you don’t live in America and laugh at how broken there education system is then you realise that the conservatives got back into power and we’re all fucked
And every year teachers get to slap one parent
Standardized testing leads to standardized thinking. Easier to control people who all think the same.
I’m beginning to hate my own country when I see bullshit like this. You can quote me on that NSA.
One of the best ranters – US Education – time to get rid of standardized testing.
3 minutes in. Jebus, I only took 1 standardized test a year when I was in Elementary and HS. (San Diego, CA) The hell happened?
John Oliver destroys standardized testing and the entrenched industry monopoly that is destroying the American education system.@pearson#education #standardizedtesting
Below I will provide some sample answers that show what the state of American education was around 2006 to 2008, when I graded these standardized tests. Mind you, like the graders in the clip (what show were those clips taken from anyway?), we just graded these answers on a computer, about 1 every 2-3 minutes on the long end, and on the short end up to as many as 15 per minute, all on varying scales from as narrow as 1-3, to as “wide” as 0-6. WE had no connections to your kid, only thought about their answers the minimal amount necessary to give them a grade based on cookie-cutter rubrics, not the actual amount of thought, effort or intelligence that went into an answer, and we most certainly didn’t care about the specific issues outlined in these answers, for how could we? Which prompts the question, what the hell is the point of all this?
Here’s the pineapple and the hare question:
In the olden times, animals could speak English, just like you and me. There was a lovely enchanted forest that flourished with a bunch of these magical animals. One day, a hare was relaxing by a tree. All of a sudden, he noticed a pineapple sitting near him. The hare, being magical and all, told the pineapple, “Um, hi.” The pineapple could speak English too. “I challenge you to a race! Whoever makes it across the forest and back first wins a ninja! And a lifetime’s supply of toothpaste!” The hare looked at the pineapple strangely, but agreed to the race. The next day, the competition was coming into play. All the animals in the forest (but not the pineapples, for pineapples are immobile) arranged a finish/start line in between two trees. The coyote placed the pineapple in front of the starting line, and the hare was on his way. Everyone on the sidelines was bustling about and chatting about the obvious prediction that the hare was going to claim the victory (and the ninja and the toothpaste). Suddenly, the crow had a revolutionary realization. “AAAAIEEH! Friends! I have an idea to share! The pineapple has not challenged our good companion, the hare, to just a simple race! Surely the pineapple must know that he CANNOT MOVE! He obviously has a trick up his sleeve!” exclaimed the crow. The moose spoke up. “Pineapples don’t have sleeves.” “You fool! You know what I mean! I think that the pineapple knows we’re cheering for the hare, so he is planning to pull a trick on us, so we look foolish when he wins! Let’s sink the pineapple’s intentions, and let’s cheer for the stupid fruit!” the crow passionately proclaimed. The other animals cheered, and started chanting, “FOIL THE PLAN! FOIL THE PLAN! FOIL THE PLAN!” A few minutes later, the hare arrived. He got into place next to the pineapple, who sat there contently. The monkey blew the tree-bark whistle, and the race began! The hare took off, sprinting through the forest, and the pineapple … It sat there. The animals glanced at each other blankly, and then started to realize how dumb they were. The pineapple did not have a trick up its sleeve. It wanted an honest race — but it knew it couldn’t walk (let alone run)! About a few hours later, the hare came into sight again. It flew right across the finish line, still as fast as it was when it first took off. The hare had won, but the pineapple still sat at his starting point, and had not even budged. The animals ate the pineapple.
And the two questions:
1. Why did the animals eat the pineapple? a. they were annoyed b. they were amused c. they were hungry d. they wanted to 2. Who was the wisest? a. the hare b. moose c. crow d. owl
Call me stupid but if you dont test children at school then what else do you do?
Did anyone listen to the weeping girl who was asked to leave her advanced language class? She said, “every year I do good in school”. Well perhaps the FCAT has a point about her poor language skills… Someone should teach her that what she said is not grammatically correct. It should be”every year I do well in school”.
I’ve never even used some of the symbols in that equation! And I’m a computer programmer. In fairness, I also know how to limit a number to the maximum value a test could be.
This is why I go to a private non-government funded school, where test are not optional but they do not decide whether you pass or fail, rather what they are supposed to do, see how you rank among other kids in the nation.
“Every year I do good in school” No you don’t.
I’m having trouble with the advanced language arts student telling a crowd full of people she “does good” in her classes every year.
F*** Pearson! Middle school, high school, UNIVERSITY! Every instance where I have had some form of interaction with Pearson has royally screwed me over! From tests being “lost” by scoring centers to getting tests with 13 out of 43 questions thrown out of the grading due to having “no correct answer.” Pearson, and all its programs are horrible.
I may have already made this comment, well I’m still so mad years later that I’ll add another comment.
I take a UK based test written and marked by Edexcel. Who are also owned by Pearson. Should I be worried
PRIVATE SCHOOL BAYBEE
Education is a matter of paramount importance to any human society. The responsibility of teaching the next generation should be one of the most important government tasks, and yet… it’s handed off to a private company? Why does north america hand off transportation, education and telecommunications to private companies? They’re all indispensable PUBLIC services!
Dude, I took that pineapple one. I looked through the questions and searched through the story of the answers. Most of the time I ended up guessing.
Home school your kids…enough said.
Long rant from a newly finished Junior in high school. TL;DR Standardized testing is killing schools and the schooling curriculum. I could honestly write a book on this but the following is just my unorganized rant.
I have always been a good student. I have always had straight A’s, always in the A honor role throughout Elementary and middle school. But when I got to high school I hit a brick wall.
It’s not bad enough that I’m forced to take classes that I have no interest in at all but then to be told that my future and me moving on to my next grade level depends on me learning random fucking things like stochiometry in chemistry class or how to answer 60+ questions on a stupid 45 minute test in time is bonkers.
I’ve lost my drive to do well in school, I always do well in the class due to me being a fairly intelligent person (or so I’ve been told) but I don’t study for tests anymore, I’ve lost my interest in school entirely, a place that I USED TO ENJOY, until i came to high school. I’m tired of constantly being stressed out over one of the EOC, FCAT, SAT, ACT, class tests, Mid terms, AP exams, etc. I’m tired of learning material just to “pass the test” teach me shit I need to know. Give me a class to learn real life adult shit like how to do finances and how to not be a retarded adult and stop teaching me about dumbshits that buy 60 watermelons at the local super market.
I just finished my junior year in high school. My high school is supposedly one of the top 100 high schools in our great county yet it honestly doesn’t feel like it. School has become a place where we learn enough to pass the test, get bogged down with homework every night, go to sleep, wake up and repeat. Literally every class I’ve had this past year STOPPED TEACHING ME after we took their stupid final tests. Mind you these tests were mainly taken a month in advanced ESPECIALLY our END OF COURSE EXAM. How they want us to take a EOC before the end of the year is beyond my comprehension. After these tests school literally became a full on day care where I watched a movie in nearly every class until the end of the school year.
I know this is scattered and not well put together but I really hope some people smarter and more influential than me see this and can help us students out. The current school system is so broken and it has ruined the way I see schooling. Something my teachers tell my classes over and over again is that our parents need to write in to the school board giving them a piece of their minds.
Help us get schools back to the way they are supposed to be, this isn’t cool, this doesn’t make us “more smarter”, this doesn’t accomplish anything but piss a lot of people off that are stuck in this bogus school system.
@10:00″Every year I do good in school….” How can you “do good in school” if you can’t tell an adjective from an adverb at her age?
7:06 – That maths equation (aka integral) is completely wrong. Like not even remotely close to being correct.
Advanced Language Arts? “Every year I do good in school”
9:57 I really do feel for her. But in the global game of Capitalist Musical Chairs, there are only so many open seats in the Middle Class, and the total number of seats allocated to the United States is shrinking. Instead of complaining about the speed of the music and the number of chairs, let’s ask: *Why play the game?* Why is the western world and its proxies so obsessed with private ownership of capital? As long as we have capitalism, *some* decent, hard-working teenager who aspires to join the middle class will have to be told “Sorry, no more spots available.”
I keep watching this show…and I keep wondering how ANYONE in the USA actually thinks that America is the best country in the world….
Asians are still trying to get to America because they have so few and such easy tests.
Pearson in medical testing. WHY ME?!? WHY DO I HAVE TO SUFFER!??
am in college. My professor used Pearson for Business Math. In one chapter All the answers were wrong on the homework and test…. Because the skipped a chapter in programming. So while we were learning Chapter 8- we were being quizzed, tested, and homework for CHAPTER 9. Fuck you Pearson
But if you don’t have tests then how you are going to evaluate? Are you going to give same ranking to smart and dumb kid? In india we give around 8 tests a year and our 10 and 12th is by body of education called boards. Problem in india is bit different if you dont get very high marks you are considered a failure and kids have not given opportunity to master there other talents nor given idea that there is world outside getting good marks and becoming engineer doctor ca or mba
I don’t get it. American universities consistently rank as some of the best in the world, so how can their lower education system be such a mess? What is with all these tests?? Am from the Netherlands and as a kid I only had to sit one (what I guess was a) standardize test: the CITO test, which all Dutch students take at the end of primary school to determine which level of secondary school will be best suited for them. What, exactly, are they testing all these US students on, anyway? Isn’t that the whole point of grades/marks in school? Students study the material, and you test them on THAT. From what I’ve gathered, US standardized tests … are mainly used to compare individual student’s grades to the nationwide average(??) … but why? If a student, at the very least, is doing well enough to get passing grades, what does it matter if they’re not in the top echelon of academic achievement? Am I missing something here??
I thought you may find this thought provoking and humorous.
Slovenia has 2 tests that only matter if there is number limit for next school student is going to. A test on the end of primary school 15yo and Matura end of highschool 19 or 20yo
If pineapple has three legs, how many colors does it take for him to reach moon on a boat, considering he was eating BBQ three days later on the pluto?
Near perfect score in her advanced language arts class?? If I had a student stand in front of the school board – my bosses – and say “I do good in school,” I’d bloody kick her out of the advanced class too! Bahaha!
Seriously, it’s half the reason school sucks balls. These tests just make you BS through it the entire time. I can’t count how many times I was forced to write about my stance as to whether or not school uniforms should be implemented… and you have to fill X amount of words, so odds are the paper starts out with something stupid and drawn out like “I strongly believe that the issue surrounding whether or not school uniforms should be implemented in my school is an important topic of discussion.”. That’s 24 friggin words already and I’ve said NOTHING. I can do this ALL DAY, HIGHSCHOOL!
Not to scare anybody….but Pearson is the company that gives emts, advanced emts, paramedics, pharmacy technicians, nurses and much much more….
And this is why every single student that I have known will always “Christmas Tree” the first test so that way no matter what the teacher should do better.
This makes me question why i live in the US
I know public school is good and all because they provide education to everyone but I would strongly recommend sending your child to public school if you have the means to. I have gone to both public and private schools and the private schools are significantly less affected by these tests than public schools because they don’t recieve government funding so there aren’t as many regulations. In my private school we took a standardized test every other year and the teacher’s job didn’t depend on how well we did. Every other test that we took was either looked over to make sure there wasn’t mistakes or absurd questions or written by the teachers who taught us that class.
could you make your videos length at a maximum of 5 minutes! and please only put the best of the best funny stuff. cut cut cut
We don’t have tests (at least if you compare to this videos message). The student’s don’t get grades before 5th or 6th year. Our nation has been in the top 5 of those PISA stats for some years, even leading them at least 3 years. On our scale I’m not very educated because I’ve got no occupational degree. English is my 3rd language and I can speak or at least understand 2 more.
I think our view to these things is quite different. We do not compete against each other (school vs school, teacher vs teacher) we compete against our former level. We get praised when we accomplish and we are allowed to make mistakes.
Our teachers are very respected part of our society. They are well paid and have benefits that others only dream of. They are handpicked from many applicants. I can’t remember the exact numbers, but I guess something like 1/10 get to that “education path”.
All above is just expression of gratitude for our system and explanation of why I think I should be heard (read) in here.
Then to my pointers: 1) Why does someone think that kids should be evaluated in any other means than a) needs help b) can do c) could manage advanced education? What value is in having 0.5 points more than a classmate in a test? What do those kids get from being graded? If you can answer to these without the word competition, my hat is off for you. In my opinion competition is for people who can handle winning and losing. I know that some see life as a one big competition, but it shouldn’t be that for little kids (or even teenagers – you can remember how hard that was).
2)There are great teachers in every school in the U.S. (I’ve seen couple of classes being taught). Why aren’t you letting them teach? It’s a waste of talent if they have to do their teaching by strict curriculum. These tests take considerable time from their already hectic jobs, time from planning and from self improvement. Also teaching by other peoples methods instead of your own is like putting a soldier to do a police officers work (I mean close but not quite there).
I’m from China and I find this hilarious because 113 tests that US students take during 12 years of school is less than half the amount an average Chinese 12 grade student take in one year.
I’m in fucking 8th grade. Pearson has ruined my life and I wish everyone involved in the SOL tests and other standardized tests dead. I CALL FOR A REVOLUTION! COME ON AMERICA!!!! We have the worlds most powerful military but we can’t even find a good way to teach our kids. Have fun keeping that rep up for long.
My friends have purposefully stayed home from school sick to avoid these tests. I usually do well on them but they make me nervous as all hell. if you so much as look away from your screen you get a scowl if not convicting you of cheating. I’ve liked my teachers but when I’m in the “Secure Testing Facillity” they turn into Demons. Demons straight out of hell. And I’m not saying this is how everybody feels about these tests, but that’s how I and the people around me feel. I hope we do something about this.
The only testing that is fun is the tests from Aperture science. The mantis test though ahh….. it changer after a few… “complications”
Lib: “America is dumb. Look how low we score among other developed countries. America’s racist, too. We should be more like Scandinavia.”
Non-lib: “You just admitted to being a racist.”
Lib: “Excuse me?”
Non-lib: “You just highlighted the higher test scores from countries which are 95% white before ironically accusing your much more diverse country of being racist. It’s easy to infer from what you just said that you believe America would score higher if it had a greater density of whites.”
3 people that need to become president; Andrew Hussie, Onision, and John Oliver. X’D
The fucking what now? Testing industry? Is there any-fucking-thing in that royal fuckup of a country that is not commercialized?
john Oliver. i have always loved you…i have had problems with my son since he was in preschool. we put him up to tests and he cleared them. then they reevaluated my son to “fix” the test and he again didn’t test positive for special education. my son had top test scores. it took me moving to a suburban area that made them have my son advance…fcuk Connecticut. they fcuked me over when i was younger. they did the same to my son and all i can thank was bush’s no child left behind which is what started all of this now anyways
Watching a few episodes of Last Week tonight actually makes me kind of glad I’m not from the US. We never take standardized tests and I saw my country was ranked way above the US on that list.
though the testing is over done, schools need to prepare kids for college which is almost all testing. However the tests need to be improved especially the English tests which are too subjective and confusing. Perhaps use literary excerpts from respected authors and works such as Shakespeare, Dickinson, and twain instead of creating literary works from scratch just from the test.
HA, you guys are cute. Drop by Singapore if you have some free time, our country practically worships standardized testing.
Pearson is fucking garbage.
Is this to Canada too? Im going into grade 9 and have only taken one standardized test in my life and that was to test whether someone was “gifted” or not.
Last year my school had to take some knew test i’m pretty sure it was that common core thing. A lot of people got out of it, but those of us who did take it never got our results.
I don’t know how it is everywhere else, but the only standardized tests that affected my grade in California were the quarterly benchmarks. Our STAR test had no bearing on our grades, only on the amount of funding the school receives (which is also terrible, don’t get me wrong).
Wow I’m glad I only have five standardized tests in all my years of high school. I guess there is a reason Canada is number two in education.
For real. This past year my district made it so you only had to pass 3 of the standardized tests you take in high school to graduate because so many people literally weren’t qualified to graduate after failing too many. Then again the tests really are quite easy but everyone in my area is totally (pardon my french) retarded and can’t do the simplest task, but still.
I am currently a postgrad student from the US at an internationally ranked university in Australia and the common grading policy around here is the bell curve. Basically no one can get the true grade they deserve because the higher ups force teachers to match everyone’s scores to a theoretical distribution. If I get a perfect score but “too many” others do as well, one of us is going to get our score knocked back in order to fit the curve. Its complete bullshit.
At my school, we take the PARCC. The test for Geometry had some Calculus questions on it! The system needs to be fixed.
I HAD TO TAKE THE FUCKING PINEAPPLE TEST
Standardized testing has eroded our educational system. The premise is that they act as a sufficient metric in measuring aptitude, but the correlation between high scores and success in academia is statistically insignificant.
I actually liked standardized testing.
Kinda sad that he didnt point out how long the tests are, ever since third grade Ive had to take standardized tests called EOGs (End of Grade tests) that can range from about 2-3 hours of silent test taking. 3-5 grade when we were done we couldn’t do anything at all, we couldn’t even lay our heads down on our desks. They made us sit with our feet on the floor, back straight, and hands on the table when we were done. Treating us like criminals in an interrogation room…
Thats nothing! Come to South East Asia!! You kids are gonna shit your pants!
So basically go watch Season 4 of the Wire and get this same message :). Our education system is so broken and it is why I hate when I hear about people cramming before a final exam. If you haven’t learned the stuff over the course of the year then you are doing something wrong.
Let’s see. In high school I had the eocts that were taken at the end of each semester individually for each class, the crct which i barely remember, and of course the sat which wasn’t mandatory but I remember counselors and teachers telling us we should consider taking it to get into a good college. I look back at these tests now and I don’t get the point of them.
I was the year of the “pineapples don’t have sleeves” test. Everyone got up to that section and my testing room couldn’t stop giggling
i took the pineapple test
all these tests and we still have 0 guarantee that we get a job when we finish school
“It barely works as a doors lyric” That is genius
I really hope that when people in the USA would rather go to India for life saving operations not because they’re cheaper but safer. I certainly would think twice letting an American doctor recommending to pull the plug on my life support system…
Am Floridian; I do despise the FCAT. I fucking hate it. FCAT made me depressed in Middle School and throughout High School.
I’m fine now, but the FCAT is an issue.
Living in Florida my class was the test class of this (01). Its no wonder so many people drop out now and get a GED.
Man…every time I see a smart american I think to myself: how the FUCK did he manage to squeeze through the labyrinth of sick bullshit that is America and become and stand up guy.
I was just tested by a school and got above average scores in my literacy, comprehension, and reading skills; I have been writing for four years and have read and understood Shakespeare, so that should be a good visual. Only two years ago I was tested in my reading and got one of the lowest scores in my entire class. I was put in a class for readers that needed help, and let’s just say the kids in that class had trouble reading picture books. It was so bad, and I was really sad, because I had been recognized as a good reader my entire life, and that was the only moment someone had believed otherwise.
SAT isn’t Pearson.
The best part of the international tests is that people don’t know that the United States have no filter for who is taking these tests. There are many countries that will only have their best math students to take the math test and their best language students to take the language tests. The US has a random selection of who can take these tests. This means that the best and worst and the in between will take the international test. Of course we aren’t scoring as high as other countries. If Sally is a Special Education student who needs accommodations in the classroom, but Sally is not allowed these accommodations on these tests, how do you think Sally is going to do? She’s not going to do well. Then you rank her to the highest achieving student in other counties? We based the whole standardized testing movement into a rigged system.
And the funny apart of all of this, is countries that score the highest on these tests, use to look at the US’s education because we produce more Nobel Peace Prize winners, Poet Laureates, ect., then any other country. Yet, we are trying to become more like the countries that do better on these tests. It’s all backwards.
In Ohio we used to take the OAA we called it Ohio officials Are Assholes, that was until I was in 6th grade, in 7th grade we took the PARCC test, this year Ohio banned parcc but we still have common core, fuck you Pearson!
0:46 I would be kicked out of school soooo fast if that was my teacher holy fuck
2:57 Why did they ever implement so many tests. In the Netherlands, and I’m assuming many more other countries, they just use one standardised test at the end of primary school (with more tests in secondary education, mainly school exams in the second half of sec. education and central exams in the final year), and they scored highest in the 3rd international maths and science test.
Sure it’s a bad idea to have everything rely on one test, I’ll agree with that. I actually had a score that would normally get me in ‘havo’ education (one below vwo) but on my teacher’s advice I could still get into gymnasium (vwo is divided into atheneum without classics and gymnasium with classics, similar to grammar school in the UK). So I don’t see why they can’t have a similar system in the US. It’s not like having them take more tests is gonna increase their chances of getting higher grades, it’ll only do the opposite.
And why does Pearson have to hire graders? Aren’t their tests scanned by a computer, I thought that was the reason why they’re all multiple choice and everyone has to use a No. 2 pencil. Or do they need people to check the test for errors? (Because that would mean they’re doing a terrible job at it if so many questions are invalidated).
I just finished public high school, and the idea of no longer taking county/state/national standardized tests literally makes me laugh aloud with joy. They’re dumb, they’re boring, they don’t measure anything worthwhile, and they give my friends anxiety attacks. Happy to be through with them!
Years ago when my son was in grade school, he passed the ‘practice’ test with flying colors except one part of the english portion. He was not required to re-take any of the passed parts but he did have to take to english part again. While everyone was taking the tests, he was forced to sit and work on homework and what ever the teacher could find to keep him busy. I could not just keep him home because that would count as an unexcused absence. He failed the english part again. When I approached the teacher and asked what we could do to help him, she told me “Nothing”. I asked what that part of the test was about so I could help him at home and she couldn’t discuss it. When he failed for the 3rd time and was told he may not pass to the next grade even though he has great grades and had passed the entire test in practice, I was livid! I went to the Principal’s office and let her know in no uncertain terms that my son WILL be passing with his class. I let her know that not being able to help him pass this part of the test was bull shit and I would not stand for any more crap based on these tests. He never passed that part of the test but he did get passed on to the next grade level with his friends.
I always feel weird when I hear about this stuff, i have always gotten A’s or B’s on the paarc test/ sat
Hey, the answers are: B, C, D, A, D, C. Hire a smarter staff.
I find it amusing that people who bash America are blissfully ignorant to the fact that this nation they say is so stupid and full of idiots and so backwards dominates the world in all facets of power. Economically, militarily, culturally etc. I would say don’t deny it, but of course you will and you will respond with typical anti American vitriol and some 13 year old American in a 3000 sq ft air conditioned house on the internet will agree with you about just how awful the U.S. is. Thank God for the men and women of the world who actually possess a modicum of sense. None is to be found on the youtube comments section. Sincerely an American Audiologist “stupid Americans”
I believe my school is attempting to switch to this. Instead of counting homework and tests into your grade, it will only be the tests and homework wont even be graded. They say that its supposed to show what we know in the class but I’m not sure it’ll help us learn in the first place if there’s no real incentive to try.
meanwhile in China kids take the notorious gaokao
I took maybe 3 standardised tests when I was about 14 (2 reading age ones and a form of an IQ/Ability test) and that was it besides annual tests for levels of difficulty in maths and English.
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