First Grade Math Tests in Finnish and American Classrooms

By Tim Walker | Published Nov 16, 2013 by Taught by Finland blog

In October, Carol Burris, a principal in New York, was approached by a colleague who was shaken-up by her child’s first grade math test. She documented her experience here. 

With the parent’s permission, she linked the controversial math test here. Take a look..

Burris was bothered by many aspects of the test. The percentage grade. The multiple-choice questions. The complexity of the math exercises.

Earlier this week, I sat down with a Finnish first grade teacher at my school and we studied this math test together. My colleague’s reactions to the test were illuminating.

The Demands of Reading

The Finnish first grade teacher was immediately shocked by the sheer amount of text on the test, wondering how her young students would fare. In the fall, first graders all across Finland are just getting their feet wet as readers.

Read more: http://www.taughtbyfinland.com/1/post/2013/11/first-grade-math-tests-in-finnish-and-american-classrooms.html#.Uon8SScQeSc

 

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