Thursday, April 23, 2015

Common Core-inspired high school exam questions vs. Chinese and Finnish counterparts

From America's PARCC (The Partnership for Assessment and Readiness for College and Careers, a consortium of 23 states involved in developing Common Core tests):


From the Chinese Gao Kao



From Finland's National Matriculation exam:

Extra Credit:

Perhaps I'm cherry picking. Prove it by finding Common Core-inspired high school test questions as mathematically challenging as the ones above from China and Finland.

3 comments:

Cal Armstrong said...

Well that seems like a poor comparison... both the Chinese & Finnish examples are Calculus based whereas the PARCC is, Algebra I or II depending (in Ontario it would be Grade 10 versus the two other examples which would be Grade 12/13).
A more valid example would be from an AP Calc exam where I'm sure you could pull out some examples that would compare favourably.

Katharine Beals said...

The Common Core college-readiness assessments are a better comparison to the Finnish (high school exit) and the Chinese (college-entry) exams than the optional AP exams are. And, as you've noted, it is remarkable that only the former involve hard calculus problems.

Auntie Ann said...

I suppose the next argument would be: But the US exam is meant for everyone, but only a select portion of the Chinese and Finns take their version of these exams; by the time they get to this test, some have already been shunted onto lower-track education or into tech training.

The problem with that argument, is that Common Core is becoming difficult to escape or move beyond. School districts are increasingly treating the Common Core track as the only possible track, and eliminating, limiting, or discouraging advanced track.