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IQ: Pop Quiz

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Standardized testing has become the new craze in our country's quest for better education standards. Good scores get you into good colleges, or in some cases, pass you to the next grade level. But are we really trying to measure our children's knowledge or are we trying to convince ourselves that we're doing a good job educating them?

John Tallman
Floor technician
Neighborhood: Southgate

What do kids learn from tests? Nothing.

How well do standardized tests measure knowledge? Not much, 'cause all the kids are doing is just memorizing what they need to know for the test just to pass it.

How smart are America's kids? Not smart at all. They are the dumbest people in the freakin' world.

What was your favorite test in school? Sex education.

What was your average test score in school? 58 percent.

Karen Weiss
Teacher
Neighborhood: Garden of the Gods

What do kids learn from tests? I don't think it's the test that they learn from, it's the process of studying for the test.

How well do standardized tests measure knowledge? I'm not a believer in standardized tests. I think that some children score well and other children don't. There are a lot of different factors that come into play, like anxiety, when taking a test.

How smart are America's kids? I want to believe that they're getting smarter than what I'm reading.

What was your favorite test in school? Probably math tests.

What was your average test score in school? I was basically a "B" student.

Kenya Cruche
Software engineer
Neighborhood: Downtown

What do kids learn from tests? How to study, how to prepare themselves and be organized.

How well do standardized tests measure knowledge? To me, they don't measure a whole lot because a kid could be a 4.0 student and take a standardized test and fail it. And that to me doesn't mean that they're not intelligent.

How smart are America's kids? I'd say half are average and half are below average.

What was your favorite test in school? I think I'm gonna' have to say math.

What was your average test score in school? I'd say an 80 percent.

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