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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 Division 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"