July 12, 2007

Writing or faux writing?

Recent events have brought home the fact that the Florida Department of Education expanded the performance writing exam for students in 4th, 8th, and 10th grades so that they have to answer compartmentalized grammar questions that I thought were obsolete: identify the correctly-puncuated sentence, fill in the blank with the right word, etc. As my wife points out, it's not enough that students show they can write an essay. They have to show that they can do bellwork, too.

It's clearly a double standard. Florida students have to complete sentences, while Scooter Libby doesn't.

(Inspired by an item by Conan O'Brien earlier this week: blame him.)

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Posted in Accountability Frankenstein on July 12, 2007 8:02 AM |