Saturday, February 24, 2007
Last, will the test also include information from the power points that was not included on the study guide? Or will the test be ONLY the study guide?
Its Saturday. I answered:
In creating the study guide, I looked at each question on the test and I tried to make sure that the topic of the question was on the study guide.
However, reasonable people might disagree. You might claim that the item on the study guide was only partly related to something on the test. You might claim that the study guide question was very specific and the test question was general or vice versa. Indeed, I am bracing myself for post-test accusations that the study guide was not fair. I imagine students claiming, "You said all we needed to know was on the study guide! But look here.... we needed to know this and it wasn't on the study guide! You've got to discount that item because its not fair because it wasn't on the study guide!!!!"
So all I can say is what I wrote above. I tried to make sure that the topic of the question was on the study guide.
I did not do the following: I did not imagine that someone off the street who had never been to the class could take the study guide and all the reading, hunt for material about the study guide item and then study that material, and then do well on the test.
And then I reread. I deleted the material about bracing myself....
But I brace myself.