Indeed. I have scored this exam and many others like it. This teacher has no clue about what she is doing.
It is also possible to fail at scoring exams.
the idea of standard tests is sound
She suggests that there's something superior about producing a free-associative "creative" response, possibly even incorporating valid external data, over producing a response that demonstrates, in a verifiable fashion, that one can read a passage and assimilate at least two elements of its factual content.
Here's one of the major problems with current standardized tests: they're all largely READING tests, regardless of the subject. Kids with high reading ability do much better on them than kids who struggle with reading. So you could have a kid who really is a science whiz, but isn't such a hot reader, get slammed on his test.
when I asked the professor for a letter of reference she said she'd love to, but when I held the envelope to the light it turned out to be full of stuff saying I asked too many questions and talked too much. The other students never talked because they hadn't done the reading, I wanted to learn.
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