60% of adults fail Rhode Island test

Saying Rhode Island’s graduation exam is unfair, the Providence Students Union persuaded 50 professionals to take a condensed version of the math portion on “take the test” day.  Sixty percent scored “substantially below proficient,” which would put them at risk of not graduating from high school if they weren’t already college graduates. Eight percent scored “proficient with distinction, 14 percent were “proficient” and 18 percent were “partially proficient.”

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  1. What a pity that the news report didn’t link to any sample questions.  I would love to have been able to get a math-user’s perspective on how difficult the test is.

  2. Richard Aubrey says:

    Wait. Is the argument that Rhode Island HS ed should be dumbed down, or that adults should be expected to be dumbed down?
    I see the test was “condensed”. Like to see the whole thing given. I have this odd feeling that the gimmes were condensed out. Could be wrong, of course. Nobody has any particular point to make or anything.