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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Common Core Example? A Humorous Assessment of David Coleman's SAT

Need a chuckle?  Read this piece from The Washington Post SAT to be updated and this tongue in cheek assessment fashioned in the language of Common Core:

Read the article here.  It pokes the holes in David Coleman's push to align the SAT to Common Core State standards.

The readers aren't impressed with Coleman's plan either:

We need more hip hop questions.


Thanks, Alexandra. re: original Actual Life Math Question, the closest correct answer is D. A better answer is E - quietly excuse yourself to go to the bathroom and once there, climb out the window and disappear for a few days. The time delay puts all the pressure on the cheap tablemates since they have to deal with the angry restaurant manager over the bill (if you run screaming from the table as in D, you get blamed for it immediately). If the bathroom has no window, stand on the toilet, pop open a ceiling tile, and climb up to escape through the plenum space above the ceiling. A return air duct would be ideal but most are too small to wiggle through like in the movies (though no doubt YOU could do so, Alexandra, yes?).


If it's college success skills you want to test, make sure test takers have full access to wikipedia, and make sure that, for a fee, they can purchase someone else's test answers.


On the actual life math question, there should be an answer E) put it on someone else's credit card, to match the thinking of the current generation and Washington D.C. 

See Jane. See Jane run.

What was Jane doing?
A) walking
D)don't know, I can't read

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