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Board talks new math tests

Could replace ITBS in 2014

February 26, 2013

A new assessment for math could replace Iowa Assessments starting with the 2014-15 school year....

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Feb-26-13 3:32 AM

I might be crazy but, I think math is the only subject that does NOT change in any time or place. Math is the same here as it is on Mars and the same now as it was 100 years ago. Times aren't changing with math because they can't but, I wonder why there is new interest in new tests. Maybe the company administering the new tests offered some kickbacks. I don't know, it seems odd to me though.

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Feb-26-13 3:32 PM

Agree, ColB, and kid's today and high school grads today can't pass an 8th grade gradation requirement of a century ago, and my mother had more math coming out of high school in 1919, and 3 of my 5 kids out of high schools in Europe, than I did from college. And the situation is as bad now, if not worse, with English (or, called now, language skills).

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Feb-26-13 7:20 PM

I think we peaked in math skills as a nation in the 1960s perhaps. As we've had more devices to make life more convenient for us, there is beginning to be a loss of basic skills. I also attribute the inability to spell ANYTHING anymore to the abreviations used in texting as well. Kids just aren't challenged the way they used to be. I work in delivery and there are younger people working with me that can't find an address 2 blocks away without using the navigation app on their phone. I tried to explain to them that there is a very simple system of finding addresses that has worked for the postal service for decades but, they just look at you like a dog who has been shown a card trick!

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Feb-26-13 7:22 PM

*And then I misspell abbreviations-ha!

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Feb-26-13 7:45 PM

And if you hadn't brought it up, no one would have noticed.

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Feb-27-13 3:49 PM

Spelling is the hobgoblin of little minds, ColB, and editing on this sensitive platform is not the easiest. Wish it had a positive lock on "post comment" until one is ready to use it.

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