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Carol Burris, the principal of South Side High School in Rockville Centre, who was named the state’s Principal of the Year this year, has been a consistent opponent of the state’s testing program. Burris recently wrote in her blog, “This drop [in scores] was predicted by Deputy [Education] Commissioner Ken Slentz in March, before any bubble was filled, and by Commissioner John King, who declared that scores would ‘likely drop by 30 points’ before the last test was sealed in its packet. If a teacher in my school told me that he designed a test that was so hard that the passing rate would drop by 30 points and the majority of his students would fail, I would walk him to the door.”

Local school officials have been advised by the state that parents will not receive individual students’ scores until mid-September at the earliest.


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National math test scores continue to be disappointing. This poor trend persists in spite of new texts, standardized tests with attached implied threats, or laptops in the class. At some point, maybe we should admit that math, as it is taught currently and in the recent past, seems irrelevant to a large percentage of grade school kids.

Why blame a sixth grade student or teacher trapped by meaningless lessons? Teachers are frustrated. Students check out.

The missing element is reality. Instead of insisting that students learn another sixteen formulae, we need to involve them in tangible life projects. And the task must be interesting.

Project-oriented math engages kids. It is fun. They have a reason to learn the math they may have ignored in the standard lecture format of a class room.

Alan Cook




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