Bar none, this bar is high
This seems interesting:
The math tests students take under the No Child Left Behind law are harder than the reading exams, a study finds.
States design tests for their students in both subjects in grades three through eight and once in high school.
By 2014, all students are supposed to reach the proficiency mark on those tests, which generally means they are working at their grade level.
What kids have to show they can do to be labeled proficient in math is typically harder in most states than what they have to do to in reading, according to a study released Thursday by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a Washington-based education think tank.
The findings come a little more than a week after the federal government reported students have been making much more progress in math than in reading in recent years.
Michael Petrilli, the think tank's vice president for policy, said it makes sense that students' math skills are improving if there are high expectations of them in that subject.
"If the bar is higher, you've got to work a lot harder," he said.
So what makes a test harder? Is it harder because there is less knowledge and understanding? If you live in a school district like mine, you've seen the powers-that-be go through math programs the way Britney goes through rehab.
Personally, I think what makes reading the hardest for many of my students starts with a basic lack of vocabulary, and let's not even talk about how many kids claim that they "just can't spell" to the point that words are unrecognizable. The I watch my honors students pull out calculators to figure out multiples of five, and I despair all over again.
Let's face it, when you have to THINK about simple multiplication facts when you're seventeen, I imagine math tests WOULD seem pretty darn difficult.