8 comments:

  1. Hah. This graph is amazing John. You could not make your point more obvious.

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  2. You'd think this would be sufficient enough of a 2x4 the forehead to get someone's attention...

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  3. It should be enough to get someone's attention but the people who rely on test data the most are administrators and politicians. Metaphorically speaking it's like that scene in Superman: The Movie where the guy hits Supes with a crowbar and it just reverbs off of him.

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  4. This graphic is graphic. It reminds me of that saying if the only tool you have is a hammer, then the whole world looks like a nail. We've tried to solve all the challenges of American education with a hammer labeled accountability by testing. Unfortunately, our children are getting nailed with it.

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  5. Obviously the implication of this graph is that we don't have sufficient data on the teachers, lawyers, accountants, and med students to really know if they're qualified to practice. You know someone will decide based on this that we need to increase their testing to come up to par with the 3rd graders.

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  6. Gerald, your comment is hilarious!

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  7. This is a little misleading since Doctors have to take, SATs to get into college, MCATs to get into medical school, boards to get out of medical school. And then perhaps exams based on their specialization. The total testing time is actually greater. Same with lawyers who must take the SATs to get into college, LSATs to get into law school and then the bar to get out of law school and become lawyers.

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  8. I was referring to one test. I certainly don't think that the SATs should be included. If that's the case, then I could make the comparison of the seven tests that are each 30 hours, which would lead to a total of 210 hours. So, if you want to make that point, I'm still not sure that the post-bachelors testing (which I think is the best place to draw the line, given that I might as well add the K-12 testing if you want to go back that far) would equal the total time spent in standardized tests in K-8 education.

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