Student assessment means nothing when different in each state

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  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Dec. 10, 2012 9:45 a.m.

    This is the United States of America.

    I love it when people from Utah think people have always and will always live in Utah.

    I remeber 43 years ago moving from California to Utah.

    The teaching standards were so differnet,
    it wasted 2 years in English,
    and 3 years in Math before I learned anything new or different.

    BYU was called Bo-Diddly Tech on National TV for a very good reason.

    Standardizing is the only way to compare Apples to Apples.

  • Grover Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 9, 2012 3:24 p.m.

    Final Point: It probably is of equal concern where the nation ranks vs. the rest of the world on a common standard. Exxon Mobil has been running a commercial for some time that encourages the nation to be serious about the growing math and science gap between the USA and the rest of the world. They say we rank 18th behind some pretty small time competition. This is one survey that has nothing to do with energy and hence I believe it has credibility.

  • Twin Lights Louisville, KY
    Dec. 9, 2012 12:35 p.m.

    We don't want the feds to impose standards or to even freely adopt a national standard. But without such a standard we don't really know how each state is doing. It is the classic battle of home rule vs. a national standard.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Dec. 9, 2012 12:18 p.m.

    It's true, there should be a standard, and comparing apples to oranges doesn't work. However, Utah isn't #1, either.

  • Grover Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 9, 2012 11:41 a.m.

    Good comments that we need a national standard, however does it sit well with anyone that Utah be ranked 33rd regardless of the standard? Also why do we keep getting blowback in the legislature over Utah accepting the national common core curriculum? The same argument applies on that controversy: how can we measure if we only use our own standard?