Thursday, April 17, 2008

Are You Smarter Than a 7th Grader?

Jeff-FoxworthyEveryone has heard of Fox's show, Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? hosted by Jeff Foxworthy. In Reading Workshop, I didn't settle for that. I wanted to see if students are smarter than a seventh grader.

Yesterday, students were given an assignment straight out of the Ohio Seventh Grade Reading Achievement Test. As I told them from the start, "this is seventh grade work." The grandmother of Connor, a Reading Workshop student looked at the work and said, "this looks like 12th grade work to me." Obviously, this assignment was challenging.

You can view the test at the ODE website. Just follow the link to the 7th reading March 2006 Full Test. The answer key is there also. Students read a haiku poem and a passage, Do You Want to Write Haiku.

The passage had seven multiple choice questions and two extended response. As students worked on the passage yesterday, they put forth tremendous effort and concentrated on their work. Tension was high today as students scored their answers.

Student success was determined based on cut scores from the Ohio Department of Education, that determined reading proficiency for Ohio students in the seventh grade. Remarkably, in the two classes, 38 out of 43 students passed! I am amazed by such a successful sixth grade class!

15 comments:

Caleb F said...

I don't know if I am smarter than a 7th grader but I will find out today.








I don't think I am maybe in math but in writing I'd fail quick.

Dillon y said...

I don't know if I proved I am smarter than a seventh grader on this test. Although I do know I am smarter than my sis and she is in seventh grade. Isn't this true Mr. McGuire? You know it, you know it, you know it, you know it, you know it. Well at least that sounds good, not sure if it is fiction or non-fiction though.

Mr. McGuire said...

Dillon,

Yackabob is one of the all-times stars of Reading Workshop. Will you outshine her? Time will tell. You have about six weeks to prove that you are mightier than your older sis. Good luck!

Trevor S. said...

I know I am smarter than a seventh grader because I passed the test. I only missed 2 questions which is 11 out 13 an 84%! It would be in the category accelerated. I think I did pretty good on that test in the 6th grade. However I would like to try to bring that up a couple notches.

I am not trying to brag or make anyone feel bad!!!

Oh I almost forgot GO DILLON !!!

Dimitri H. said...

Well I know I'm smarter than a 7th grader I got 10 out of 13 YESSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Shelby C said...

Well DUH I am smarter than a seventh grader. That is so cool that we are smarter than most seventh graders.Jake would flip out because he is barely smarter than me.So is that good I am smarter than an eighth grader too.
Yeahhhhhhhh meeeeeeeeeeee. Is that sweeeeet or is it just me.

laney said...

Hey what do you know I am smarter than a 7th grader now lets see if I am smarter than a 5th grader.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

chris t said...

I am smarter than a 7th grader. I passed the test that Mr. McGuire give us.

Dillon y said...

Yep, time shall tell!!!!

Dillon y said...

O and by the way I am smarter than a seventh grader because I got 11 out of 12!!!

Molly VanCuren said...

Am I smarter than a fifth grade? well I honestly don't know. It depends how smart that 7th grader is. I have the game Are you smarter than a 5th grader. I have made it to the million dollar question. Then I got it wrong! =C

Kari w said...

I might be smarter than some seventh graders but probably not all of them. I got a 13 out of 13 on the seventh grade reading test. So I might be as smart as a seventh grader but I am defiantly smarter than a fifth grader I mean COME ON MR. MCGUIRE IS THAT ALL YOU GOT!!!

katie w said...

I am soooo smarter than a seventh grader.

Michael H said...

I know I will pass the sixth grade level because I got the score that sixth graders should get.

amanda k said...

i didn't think that i was smarter than a seventh grade but i was and i was glade i want to see if i am smarter than seventh grader in all subject.