Gifted Test – Why yes, I do have something to complain about….
So as I mentioned, I took my son to the gifted test today (testing for a 2nd grade spot.) Thanks to blog poster “Y” for keeping me company during the test.
Anyhow, to dump a little information:
-I gave my son the COGAT sample questions this morning and he said that the actual test he took seemed different from it. (Man, it is SO great to be able to pump him for information now, unlike when he was 4!) So, from the mouth of a 6yo, maybe the test is not COGAT (that’s the test that is used in NYC.)
-He did say that a test person read through all the questions, telling them what to do for each and then they had to fill in a bubble with the right answer.
OK, so now for the complaining part. Keep in mind that my background is in marketing research so I’m all about test validity. So… they split the kids into 3 color groups and took each group away to another test room. We waited maybe an hour and 10 min and group 1 comes back. Shortly thereafter, group 2 comes back. Waiting, waiting….. our kids’ group was still in the test over a full 30 MINUTES more than the other groups. I finally went up to the 2 (grad school looking) administrators at the front of the room and started yammering about why it was taking so long and throwing out words like “testing bias” which I *think* accurately describes my issue.
I asked them at what pace the test administrator goes through the questions and whether they wait for each child to finish before moving on to the next question. They told me that the extra time my kid was gone was most likely due to a longer bathroom break (meaning maybe all the kids had to go) AND they also said that the administrator tries to make sure each kid is ready to progress before moving on. Uh, WHAT?! Is it just me or does that seem insane? THAT is testing bias, people. There were 3 test rooms today and 2 seemed to move at a pretty good clip while 1 group may have had a couple slowpokes who dragged out the entire test for all the kids.
The question is… how does that influence the results? One the one hand, a non-slow kid could have more time to think about their choices and do better. On the other hand, a non-slow kid could get bored out of their mind and lose interest with an extra 30 minutes crammed in there. Not to mention the having-to-pee-because-your-mom-bribed-you-with-McDonald’s-beforehand factor.
I know I sound obsessed, but it just bugs me because it shouldn’t be THAT uneven of a test time. And it bugs me that they weren’t concerned about it.
I guess we’ll find out a few days after March 15 when the scores go out. My son said he did pretty well but then he didn’t do well when he had to pee. Interesting report.
Entry filed under: Gifted / Classical Testing.