# Test Taking Takes Practice

A blog run by the Washington Post featured a post on Monday about an adult taking and failing a standardized test, who was later revealed as school board member Rick Roach: Roach, the father of five children and grandfather of two, was a teacher, counselor and coach in Orange County for 14 years. He was…

# Life Imitates Blogging

We had a general faculty meeting today at work. As a general rule, I don’t talk about the details of internal campus politics, and I am not going to discuss the substance of the meeting here. The new SAT was brought up, though, and a couple of people made comments of the general form “Nobody…

# SAT Challenge Update

The Blogger SAT Challenge made the front page of Slashdot last week, making a huge spike in the traffic here, and bringin this blog to the attention to this blog– I’ve had a half-dozen emails and comments from students and colleagues who hadn’t seen the blog before. Of course, after a blitz of posts associated…

# SAT Challenge: They Sound Like… Bloggers

Visit the Official Blogger SAT Challenge site. After the grading was finished, a few of our volunteer graders made general comments about the essays they read. One thing that really jumped out at me about this was the way that the problems they described sounded like exactly the sort of thing you would expect from…

# SAT Challenge: My Entry

So, how did I score in the Blogger SAT Challenge? (Because this is all about me, after all…) Here’s my entry. I’m not terribly proud of it, but it got a score of 4 from the graders. Looking more closely, one grader generously gave it a 5/6, while the other gave it a 3/6, presumably…

# SAT Challenge: Bloggers Dumber Than High-School Kids

Visit the Official Blogger SAT Challenge Site The graph shows a histogram of the scores for the essays entered into the Blogger SAT challenge. It’s really a pretty nice distribution, with an average score of 2.899, a standard deviation of 1.28, and a standard deviation of the mean of 0.123 (so I’d make my students…

# Blogger SAT Challenge Unleashed!

We’re very pleased to announce the unveiling of the official Blogger SAT Challenge web site. “We” in this case meaning “me and Dave Munger, plus some other people who know more about computers than we do.” The site, run on the ScienceBlogs framework, allows you to view each of the 109 entries submitted to the…