They talk and talk about improving our state test grades, but once the news cameras are gone this is how they really want us to run our classes - make them so easy everyone can pass without doing any work at all. Then they blame the low test scores on "lazy teachers" and the Union. It's beyond sick.
This is a list of "suggestions" we got in our mailboxes today on how to dumb-down our classes even more than they already are. At the bottom it says "these were originally developed for special ed and learning disabled students, but we are now recommending them for regular classrooms."
Consider open book tests using page references
Limit to one word or short phrases
Provide only one choice per letter (eliminate: A and B & All of the Above)
Eliminate: None of the Above
Offer a maximum of 3 choices
Avoid using negatives in questions (Which of these is not...)
Avoid negative or comparative wording (which is NOT, etc.)
Avoid the use of specific determiners (always, never, and no)
Balance the number of true answers to the number of false (Ex: tell the students "there are 5 true and 5 false")
If this is impractical, at least tell the student how many of each (5 true, 7 false)
Eliminate the need to rephrase false statements to make them true
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