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    Fla. County Makes '23' A Passing Grade

    Thursday May 30, 2002 5:40 PM


    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - You can get three-quarters of the answers wrong and still pass this test.

    Palm Beach County high school students taking a new history exam this week need to answer just 23 of 100 multiple-choice questions correctly to pass.

    To get an A, they need to get just over half the answers right. A B grade requires only 39 correct answers.

    The new final exam for American and world history classes was developed by school district officials to ensure students learn state- required lessons that include history about women, Africans, African-Americans and the Holocaust.

    The 100-question test, specific to Palm Beach County, replaces individual final exams that teachers create themselves. The district, which recommended the grading scale, sent letters to schools giving them the option to use it on the new test.

    Many said they will, while teachers in some schools said the issue hasn't yet been discussed. It will be for this year only.

    But some teachers were concerned about the low passing scale.

    ``I don't think if you administer a valid test and a kid misses half of the questions, that they should pass,'' said Thomas O'Brien, a social studies teacher at Lake Worth High School.

    School board member Debra Robinson, who introduced the idea of using a standardized history exam last fall, said she accepts the grading scale this year, because it's the first time the district is using the exam.

    Final exams are worth 20 percent of a student's grade.

    As a side note - I think this is ridiculous

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    HEY! I resent that

    I made a 94 on my Algebra EOC! So there!

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    If you get under 23 can you demand a recount?

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    history is sooooooo easy - there's only 1 right answer for pete's sake - they should make the students get a 95 to pass....!

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    why not make it even easier for them?

    sheesh. History for Slackers. novel idea.

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    What a bunch of morons

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    Originally posted by TallGuyLittleCar
    If you get under 23 can you demand a recount?
    ouch !!!

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    Originally posted by megatoon

    hehe

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    Some AP classes are really hard on High School students and in some of our calc classes a 75 is a very high A. All final exams at our school weigh no more than 20%. Thats the norm and I don't think that there is anything wrong with that. Norberg is right about History though. I never studied and did all my homework in my classes and came out with a 98%. Super easy class aside from government.

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    Originally posted by nordberg
    history is sooooooo easy - there's only 1 right answer for pete's sake - they should make the students get a 95 to pass....!
    What the hell kind of History do you do?
    A-Level History is one of the hardest A-levels you can take over here (UK)...

    Is there no document analysis? nothing?
    We had to write a 2k essay each week on things like "Sir Robert Peel's repeal of the Corn Laws was a watershed in Tory policy making, discuss" or "Stalinism caused the more harm than good in the Soviet Union" or whatever (hey, that first question is actually quite good, i haven't done any history for years!).

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    The thing about History is that there isn't just one correct answer. Its as much about comparison and contrasting of different ideas as it is about knowing specific dates.

    Can you for instance give a single answer as to why the Second World war started or when the French Revolution actually began?



    Defuzz BA (hons) History

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    Its interesting that you had to write so many essays SJT, I had 6-10 hours of lectures per week, and less essays than that and that was for a history degree!!! I guess I was lucky with my choice on courses.

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    wOw! thut as greyt! mAbee now I can grajeeuate!

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    when are you ever going to use american history,
    these kids are learning stuff that is crazy hard...!
    i think they should pass as long as they can name all 50 states!

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    haha stupid kids (i am one myself but i'm not THAT dumb)
    Technically i'm a teen 13

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    lol this is funny they might aswell cut out on exams altogether its not like they do alot of exams anyway, well compared to england

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    Originally posted by madgoat253

    i think they should pass as long as they can name all 50 states!
    Lol, we have to know all the world countries and capitals in my World Geo. class.

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    95 or higher for an A. That INCLUDED all AP classes. I wasn't a valedictorian, but I was in the top 10%. If you're sayin 25% is acceptable, then why can't you go to class 1.25 times a week?

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    Originally posted by LanSite



    Fla. County Makes '23' A Passing Grade

    Thursday May 30, 2002 5:40 PM


    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - You can get three-quarters of the answers wrong and still pass this test.
    I wonder if they get bonus points for filling in their name in the right place.

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    Don't blame the kids. Blame lazy parents and unprofessional teachers.

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