IMPORTANT (and urgent!) note to parents of Aragon precalculus students!!

I am very hesitant to make this announcement given somewhat fragmentary information, but time is of the essence since grades were just posted yesterday, and it will be too hard to take corrective action if it is not done now.

I am getting very concerned that there *may* have been a problem with the precalculus final exam in one of the three precalc teachers’ classes at Aragon.

I have about a half dozen precalculus students this school year spread over multiple classes of the three precalculus teachers at Aragon. Several of my students did fine, but yesterday, when the grades for the final exams and the course were posted, some students were shocked by how poorly they did on the final exam. After calling their friends (who were not my students) they heard similar stories. These stories seemed to be concentrated in a particular teacher’s classes. For example, students who went into the final with an A in the class were shocked when they found out that they failed the final (these were not my students, but friends of them). Something (and there are obviously many possible causes) is clearly wrong when there is this big of a discrepancy between the final and the grade for the rest of the semester.

The problem with the system is that the finals are graded after the year ends and students never get to see them. In addition, there has been an increasing tendency at Aragon to use student “teaching assistants” to grade tests. I do not know if this was the case with the final exam in this class.

If you have a child who was negatively surprised, I want to let you know that you may not be alone in this case. You may want to call the school office as soon as possible next week and see what recourse you may have.

I realize that this note will make me even more despised at Aragon than I already am, but a student should have the opportunity to review his/her exam at the end of the school year, and this habit of quickly grading tests and heading out the door for the summer is problematic, to say the least.

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Education News

  1. STEM Class Issues from the 2017-2018 Aragon School Year: Part 3 – Physics
  2. IMPORTANT (and urgent!) note to parents of Aragon precalculus students!!
  3. Why U.S. Schools Should Not Be Like Shanghai!
  4. Before You Vote on Upcoming School Ballot Measures, Please Read This!
  5. “Mutual Assured Destruction”
  6. My Speech to the SMUHSD Board on NGSS

 

Issues in Teaching Mathematics     

  1. STEM Class Issues from the 2017-2018 Aragon School Year: Part 2 – AP Statistics
  2. STEM Class Issues from the 2017-2018 Aragon School Year: Part 1 – Precalculus (with an aside on Multivariable Calculus)
  3. Pros and Cons of the CPM Math Textbook Series
  4. Why is 10^0 = 1 ???
  5. Why Can’t We Teach Mathematics Properly?
  6. Here We Go Again….

 

AP Class Crisis

  1. STEM Class Issues from the 2017-2018 Aragon School Year: Part 3 – Physics
  2. “Mutual Assured Destruction”
  3. Attention SMUHSD Parents! State Mandated Testing Negatively Impacts Aragon’s Physics Program
  4. Taking the Fight to Harvard
  5. It’s AP ex(sc)am time again!
  6. Critical Warnings re AP Classes
  7. A Hole in the Aragon Math Curriculum
  8. very unfortunate local test practice that I think is hurting students.
  9. How to Interest Kids in Science, Engineering, and Math.
  10. Confirmation from UC Berkeley on problems with AP classes

 

Teacher Salaries

  1. Before You Vote on Upcoming School Ballot Measures, Please Read This!
  2. IMPORTANT – SMFCSD Seeks Community Input on School Finances
  3. “I’ve Ended Many School Days Crying in My Car”
  4. SMFCSD Settles Contract Dispute with Teachers, But What Comes Next???
  5. SM Daily Journal: Battle over teacher pay gets worse

 

College Admissions

  1. How to get in to Harvard
  2. SAT Test Prep Recommendations

 

Top Ten Most Read Articles

  1. Pros and Cons of the CPM Math Textbook Series
  2. It’s AP ex(sc)am time again!
  3. Critical Warnings re AP Classes
  4. Info from UC Berkeley confirms why students should not skip from Precalculus to Calculus BC
  5. Back to School – Changes at Aragon HS
  6. “Educators laud test success” – Give me a break!!!!
  7. “I’ve Ended Many School Days Crying in My Car”
  8. How to Get in to Harvard
  9. A Hole in the Aragon Math Curriculum
  10. No Last Minute Miracle for Measure Y 🙁

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