The National Council on Teacher Quality says about their test, “Are You Qualified to Teach Elementary School Math?“:
Now available, a newly formatted version of Exit with Expertise, NCTQ’s mathematics test for elementary teachers that first appeared in No Common Denominator: The Preparation of Elementary Teachers in Mathematics by America’s Education Schools.
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Update (9:30 PM): Some of you might look at the test and wonder “How long has it been since I did that?? I can do algebra and calculus, but I can’t do this stuff!!!”
Here’s some “full disclosure:” I took the test and ended up with, by my estimate, an 88%.
Some questions were easy; some I had not done in a long time, so I had to think about them more. Some of the questions (#5 and #12) I did not get, because I did not understand the language.
It took me about 2 hours to work through the test. I did some of the test; had other things to attend to; did more; had other things to attend to; then finally got time to finish it off. During my first two sessions, I was hungry and spent time thinking about food…or spent time not thinking or concentrating very efficiently because I was in need of chemicals rushing around in my blood.
I didn’t get the edu-ese of #5 and 12. I misunderstood exactly what they meant by #2 (I was not concentrating well because of hunger; my fault, but I’ll count it as wrong even though I knew how to do it); I didn’t take the time to figure out #6c and #15b; I was hungry and didn’t consider what I was doing on #15c and #15d (but I’ll go ahead and count those wrong even though I knew how to do them); and #22b and #22c stumped me. So that’s 7 wrong.
I ended up with an 88.1% as follows. I threw out #5 and #12 (for the reason explained above), and counted each part (a, b, c, etc.) as one point. Counting all the numbers and all the b’s and c’s and such, I counted 63 points. Throwing out #5a-c and #12 leaves 63 – 4 = 59 points. So I got 59 – 7 = 52 right, for a ratio of 52/59 = 0.881356….
Update (9-11-09, 1:00 PM): Fixed a typo and pronoun mistake in my 9:30 PM, 9-10, update.
Update (9-13-09, 12:00 PM): I didn’t use a calculator. Just paper, pencil, and reason.