Stanford 9 is a crock?? Most T or F
are usually T??
Date sent: Wed, 18 Mar 1998 17:01:55 -0800
From: Bruce Crawford
To: Gayle Cloud
Copies to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Re: STAR
Below your request is a copy of some info I sent to the loop earlier via
Jimmy Kilpatrick. I don't think he's had a chance to forward it yet.
A few days ago a flyer came in the mail addressed to "Parents of ..." It
advised us that our kids would be taking the new mandatory statewide
standardized test. The only one of which I am aware that fits that
description is Harcourt Brace's Stanford 9. From what my kids told me
last night, the tests results are invalid before they're even scored.
While I've had courses in statistics and survey preparation, I've never
had one in standardized test development. I can't help but believe that
what the consultant told the pupils doesn't blow the whole thing out of
Gayle Cloud wrote:
> It seems to me that we talked about this recently on the loop. Is
> the new Star test the Stanford 9 and what does anyone know about it.
> They're using it here in CA and we need the information quickly.
> EDUCATION CONSUMERS CLEARINGHOUSE
Today my kids took California's vaunted new standardized test. Get this.
Before the test started, a consultant came around to the classrooms.
Here's what he said:
1.) If it is a True-False question, and you aren't sure, pick True.
Most T-F questions are T.
2.) If it is a multiple choice question, and you aren't sure, pick
the most detailed answer. The correct response is almost always the most
3.) If it is a multiple choice question, and the answers all look
about the same, pick answer C. The most common correct answer if all
look similar is C.
Now 'splain sumpun to me, folks. Is this an objective, standardized
test, or is this bogus?
My kids said that the questions are pathetically easy, but that there
are just too many of them for the allotted time period. My ADD son, who
is struggling academically, agreed with my honor student daughter on
The term gets overused, so I normally refrain from using it, but this, I
do believe, deserves the moniker "Outrage!" How many millions are we
spending on this sham? Can't count'm all.
BTW, the new "standardized" test we are using is from that paragon of
academic excellence, Harcourt Brace.
EDUCATION CONSUMERS CLEARINGHOUSE