August 12, 2006

It's because of George Bush, of course!

Via the Dallas Morning News:

This is for anyone who worries that Texas asks too much of public school students by administering TAKS tests: Take a look at the so-called "hardest" questions that stand between high school kids and a diploma.

Published in this newspaper on Monday, they couldn't be confused with an excessively high bar to clear for graduation.

Taking the challenge, this newspaper's editorial board aced the social studies and English portions and had a 95 percent passing rate in science. (OK, so we needed to bone up on our math formulas, as seen in our 25 percent passing rate.)

One of the "hardest" social studies questions called on students to find America's World War II ally in the following list of dictators: Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, Franco.

It's hard to believe, but more than seven of 10 high school students gave the wrong answer when taking a TAKS retest this spring, their worst showing among 55 questions.

Worse, more than a quarter of the test takers thought the United States was on Hitler's side.

These were probably kids from partisan Democrat and/or socialist homes where Bush and/or the United States in general are referred to as "Hitler" and "Nazi Germany" respectively!

Posted by Hube at August 12, 2006 11:12 AM | TrackBack

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Minor detail time, Hube.

About that spring retest -- you have to be pretty slow to still be taking it. By the time you become eligible for it, you have taken the Exit level test in Feb of 11th Grade, again in the summer following 11th Grade (if you choose to do so) and again in February of 12th Grade. The spring administration is then given only to 12th graders who still need to take it again to graduate in May. These are the 40 watt bulbs living in a 100 watt world, and cannot really be compared to anything at all -- since the overall passing rate for first-time test-takers is around 90%.

Posted by: Rhymes With Right at August 12, 2006 03:57 PM

I figured there was something more to this. Thanks for chiming in. I totally forgot about your TX location!

Posted by: Hube at August 12, 2006 04:52 PM

is the Texas test available online?

I'd like to give the old graymatter a workout.

Posted by: steamboat willy at August 14, 2006 10:25 AM