Test uestion 1 on the first-grade test is based on the New York Common Core Standard, 1.OA4: Understand subtraction as an unknown-addend problem. (Really.)
Debate this. This piece really brings up a lot of points comparing U.S. education to international educational systems. It covers how first grade starts much earlier here than elsewhere and takes into account an odd test a first grader had to take. And interestingly, the tests “were internationally benchmarked.” Even if we may be behind other countries, is that fair?
Question 12: “Which is a related subtraction sentence?”
Oh come on, what? Just looking at the question without context is making me scratch my head, let alone looking at the answer choices and seeing addition answer choices. I’m 21. This test is given to 6 year olds. Don’t even get me started on the “Part I know” / “Whole” cup.
Seriously. Does a first grader need to look at a standardized test like this? Then they get a 45% back, like this poor bloke, and lose all motivation to learn. This is why students complain about school and homework.
I think students at this age level should be rewarded and carefully taught skills, while amplifying the natural curiosity to learn which propels their future education. Tests like these do the opposite; this just kills the spirit of education.
Not to say they should get rid of tests altogether. They should just be…re-evaluated. I remember having to take TerraNova tests at points between 4th and 8th Grade (I don’t recall ever having one as early as 1st Grade, but then again, I don’t remember being 5-6, so…), but I don’t recall ever facing such weird questions.