America's students are failing?

Thursday, July 29th, 2010


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New York State is putting teachers and students under more pressure by revising the required scores on standardized tests for students to achieve proficiency.

Why are they doing this? Apparently it is because despite passing Regents tests, almost 25% of the students need extra support once they reach college.

How will they afford “remediation” for all the passing students who are now failing?

One more sign of why it is so important to put conceptual understanding ahead of rote application of algorithms. It is easy to forget what one learns by rote, but not deeper conceptual understandings.

Here is a link to the abstract of the original article. Regretfully, I did not save the full copy when it was current.

        
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