Note to Test Designers: Bad Questions are not the Same as Hard Questions

Note to Test Designers: Bad Questions are not the Same as Hard Questions

“We have been hearing recently about how “hard” the recent state tests were.  We are told that they had to be “hard” because we have to raise the standards in order to make sure all our students are college-ready.  

Having proctored the fifth-grade tests this spring, I have to wonder where the folks at testing company Pearson went to college. From my vantage point, the tests suggested that the designers have had little direct experience with literature, history, or math.  The tests were hard in the sense that they were hard to do well on.  But they were hard to do well on because they were poorly designed, with little connection to the work that students should be doing in school, at the fifth grade or at college.”  Click on the link to the article to read the specific examples. 

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