“Naked math” — computation questions that aren’t phrased as story problems — will make up 20 percent of the new state test in Illinois. Critics say students won’t be asked to demonstrate reasoning abilities. Here are some third grade examples, courtesy of the Chicago Tribune:
What is the missing number in the following pattern?
94, __, 106, 112
On Monday, Joe asked his mother if he could go with his friends to the movies on Friday. His mother gave him a list of chores and said he would have to earn the $5 to buy the movie ticket.
Babysitting his sister: 1 quarter an hour
Dusting: 1 nickel
Making his bed: 2 quarters
Washing dishes: 1 quarter
Cleaning his room: 1 quarter
Taking out the trash: 1 quarter
Sweeping the floor: 1 dime
Folding clothes: 1 dime
Make a plan for Joe to earn $5. List the chores he will need to do each day. Explain in words how you found your answer and why you did the plan the way you did.
Scoring open-ended questions costs a lot more money than naked questions, and provides no additional insight into students’ ability, according to state officials. It also penalizes students who can do math but aren’t fluent in English.
Via Education Gadfly.