This is not an original idea - many other folks have written about it - but I still think it’s a good one to reflect on this week. We talk an awful lot about preparing our students for the 21st Century; for the information age; to be successful in a globally competitive, fast paced, ever changing world. Our students typically have access to fairly new computers, excellent software, and all the resources of the Internet.
So why in the world do students have to use pencils to complete the writing portion of the CSAP? We are testing to see if our students are prepared for the 21st Century by seeing how well they write with a pencil?
Now, about the math portion of the CSAP . . .