May 2, 2006

Social foundations exam questions

The questions from this semester's undergraduate social foundations of education exam (for my sections):

  1. Would graduation by portfolio change the expectations that school systems hold for students?
  2. Describe the extent to which the U.S. population trusts teachers to do their job.
  3. Compare a main argument of your first book with any of the lectures.
  4. Contrast the ways that your first author addresses issues of diversity with the conflicts over schooling and diversity in the 19th century.
  5. Is schooling part of the American dream?
  6. What is the political role of high-stakes testing?
  7. To what extent is the No Child Left Behind Act the logical successor to Brown v. Board of Education?
  8. Describe two ways in which schools have coped with conflict over the purpose or structure of schooling.
  9. Read the following background and then answer the question:
    In 2005, the Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools asked a number of questions (see tables 18-22) about accountability. 90% of respondents said it was either somewhat or very important to close achievement gaps between White students, on the one hand, and Black and Hispanic students, on the other. 75% of respondents said that the achievement gap was mostly related to factors other than the quality of schooling received. 63% of respondents said that either students or their parents were most important for determining “how well or poorly students perform in school.” 58% of respondents said, “Yes, it is [the responsibility of the public schools to close the achievement gap between white students and black and Hispanic students—I'm splicing stem and answers together here].” On the face of it, one might conclude that the U.S. public holds both families and schools responsible for achievement.

    Why do U.S. polls appear to show inconsistent answers when adults are asked who is responsible for the achievement gap?

And now, to grading the answers...

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