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Washington Assessment Survey | ||||||||

Comparison of question with Essential Learning Skills Benchmarks | ||||||||

By Arthur Hu 1/23/98 - 4/2000 | ||||||||

Only 35% of problems are clearly within 4th grade | ||||||||

36% are clearly at 7th grade or higher level by benchmarks | ||||||||

Internet Examples | WA | |||||||

Number | Name | Tests | Grade | G4 | 710 | NAEP | Remarks | |

1 | Flagpole | Proportional Geometry | 7 | 0 | 1 | 8 | 11th Grade in Kentucky | |

2 | Digits | Place Value | 4 | 1 | 0 | 4 | Constructing number more difficult | |

3 | Marbles | Compare Probability | 7 | 0 | 1 | 8 | Least Common Denominator | |

4 | Card Box | Rate | 7 | 0 | 1 | 8 | Cards per inch is rate | |

5 | Notebook | Estimate Size | 4 | 1 | 0 | 4 | Would be 7th if converting from 8x11 inch paper | |

6 | Battery | Frequency Histogram | 10 | 0 | 1 | 12 | Non-Central distribution | |

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Printed Samples | 0 | 0 | ||||||

1 | Paint | Multiply, Add, Estimate | 4 | 1 | 0 | 4 | Complex if not rounding | |

2 | Calculator | Patterns | NA | 0 | 0 | 8 | Complex pattern | |

3 | Cube | Similarity | NA | 0 | 0 | 8 | No correct answer -describe figure | |

1 | Walk | Distance, 2 step | 4 | 1 | 0 | 4 | Trick if you miss 2 step | |

2 | Number line | Estimate, Proportion | NA | 0 | 0 | 8 | Number line has no tic marks | |

3 | Patterns | Pattern search | 4 | 1 | 0 | 4 | Complex task to find 2 patterns | |

4 | Bags | Number sentence () | 7 | 0 | 1 | NA | Rules of order () is 7th grade | |

5 | Chocolate | Nonexact Division | 7 | 0 | 1 | NA | Requires uneven division, rate (price/ounce) | |

6 | Rocks | Multi comparison | NA | 0 | 0 | NA | Not simple comparison | |

7 | Cookies | 1/2 * 1/2 * 1/2 = 3 | 7 | 0 | 1 | NA | Working back from formula is not G4 | |

8 | Streets | Parallel | 4 | 1 | 0 | 4 | Streets at angle | |

9 | Coin toss | Independent Probability | 7 | 0 | 1 | 8 | ||

10 | Bird Feeder | In->Ft, Scale Drawing | 10 | 0 | 1 | 8 | Scale drawing, carpentry | |

11 | Watermelon | Number sentence | 4 | 1 | 0 | 4 | Confusing picture | |

12 | Shape Area | Count area | 4 | 1 | 0 | 4 | OK | |

13 | Cakes | Theoretical probability | 7 | 0 | 1 | 8 | ||

14 | Fav Game | Logic inferences | 7 | 0 | 1 | Not in 4th | ||

15 | Hamburgers | Venn Diagram | NA | 0 | 0 | NA | Not in WA, confusing example | |

16 | Time | Time subtract | NA | 0 | 0 | 4 | Not in benchmark, not simple | |

17 | Scales | Order inequalities | NA | 0 | 0 | NA | Sorting task is beyond 1 yr computer science | |

18 | Bath Scale | Read scale, Subtract | 4 | 1 | 0 | 4 | 2 step reading task | |

19 | Pencil | Metric size | 4 | 1 | 0 | 4 | None of answers is close | |

20 | Pegboard | Symmetry | 7 | 0 | 1 | 4 | Construct sym. figure = G7 | |

21 | Hot Dogs | Least Common Multiple | 7 | 0 | 1 | 8 | 4th would have to guess or check each one | |

22 | Spinner | Pie chart, probability | 7 | 0 | 1 | 8 | Circle graphs and probability are both 7th | |

23 | Triangle | Pattern, triangle | 4 | 1 | 0 | 4 | ||

24 | Long Divisi | 3 digit long divide | 4 | 1 | 0 | 4 | Long division not specified in benchmark | |

25 | 3+2 add | 3+2 digit add | 4 | 1 | 0 | 4 | Manual addition not specified in benchmark | |

26 | Lemonade | 2:1 vs. 4:3 vs. 1:2 | 7 | 0 | 1 | 8 | Need to compute ratio and rate | |

27 | Grid | Coordinates | 7 | 0 | 1 | NA | Coordinate grid is G7 | |

28 | Quilt | Area | 4 | 1 | 0 | 4 | Not completely obvious | |

29 | Tickets | Bar chart | 7 | 0 | 1 | 4 | Insufficient Information = G7 | |

30 | Tapes | 12x1.99 | 7 | 0 | 1 | 4 | Multiply / Estimate decimal number | |

31 | Cup | Inverse x + 7 = 12 | 4 | 1 | 0 | 4 | Inverse of + | |

32 | Yard | Estimate size | 4 | 1 | 0 | 4 | ||

33 | 52x40 | manual multiply | 4 | 1 | 0 | 4 | ||

34 | Lawn | 4/6*30, 2/6*30 | 7 | 0 | 1 | 7 | Multiply by fraction | |

35 | States | read chart, sort | 4 | 1 | 0 | 4 | Multi step is hard | |

36 | Food Bank | trends, writing | 4 | 1 | 0 | 4 | Trend is not vs. time, not clear, reason is not math | |

37 | Pizza | 14x8 vs. 9x12 vs. 11x10 | 7 | 0 | 1 | NA | height by wide is 7th grade benchmark | |

38 | Scores | Weighted score | NA | 0 | 0 | NA | Weighted scoring system is not in benchmark | |

39 | Pyramid | 3D solid, hidden line | 10 | 0 | 1 | NA | Standard does not specify 3D solids | |

40 | Taco Survey | 5/20 vs. 8/20 | 7 | 0 | 1 | NA | Number support different conclusions = G7 | |

49 | 19 | 22 | ||||||

55 | 100% | Total samples | ||||||

19 | 35% | Valid 4th Grade | ||||||

22 | 40% | At least 7th or 10th grade | ||||||

14 | 25% | Not Specified by Standard | ||||||

Only 35% of questions are clearly within 4th grade range. | ||||||||

Many of remaining questions are not straightforward applications of | ||||||||

"essential skills" |