Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Last Stand for Children and Peterson Testing Partner to Create New Assessments
It was with a great deal of excitement here in the Last Stand for Children First home office that we reacted to the announcement that the second round of the Race to the Top initiative would focus on early childhood education. That is because for the last several months, Last Stand has partnered with Peterson Testing, a purveyor of the finest in standardized testing materials for education.
We are currently designing the next generation of tests for the next generation of students and by Fall well will be ready to roll out our line of testing materials for children between 3 and 5 years of age. It had previously been educational practice to avoid standardized testing for children of this age believing that socialization, play, and exploration are more important skills. Fortunately, new theories in education are allowing us to do away with this time wasting coddling.
We have recently begin to understand that children as young as 2 or 3, enjoy rigorous standardized testing as a combination between letter recognition and coloring. This is the very same approach that we used when creating our very successful line of test preparation wallpaper. Some changes needed to be made from your typical standardized test such as larger bubbles and more frequent rest.
Here is a sample of a passage from our test. Notice how students are doing work with a familiar nursery rhyme at their own level.
Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall;
All the king's horses and all the king's men
Couldn't put Humpty together again
1. What happened to Humpty Dumpty?
A. He was chosen to be King
B. He fell off the wall and was broken
C. He ran away
D. He was trampled by horses
2. What forced caused Humpty Dumpty to hit the ground?
B. He was pushed
C. The King
D. The King's men
3. What is Humpty Dumpty?
A. An egg
B. A person
C. A king
D. A cannon
4. Which of these was a result of Humpty falling?
A. An egg broke
B. Parliamentarians, led by Thomas Fairfax captured Colchester from supporters of Charles I
C. Democracy was restored in England
D. Colchester fell to the royalists in 1648
5. Why is this poem important?
A. The British Civil War directly leads to the colonization of North America by the British
B. From a military tactics standpoint, Humpty Dumpty shows the value of controlling the high ground
C. Eggs are good
D. It rhymes
Answers: 1-B 2-A 3-D 4-B 5-A