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Thanks, David, for the additional metaphors.  I think
they are a real visual way for us all to "appreciate"
the topic.

Nancy Hansen
Sioux Falls Area Literacy Council

--- David Rosen <> wrote:

> Marie has asked from some additional kitchen utensil
> metaphors for  
> standardized assessment.  Here are three more to add
> to the (edited)  
> list:
> 1) Standardized testing may not always be the
> sharpest knife in the  
> drawer.
> 2) Let's use the best knives we have, but also get
> some better knives.
> 3) Let's not use knives when spoons or forks are
> better.
> 4) Avoid using knives to hammer nails or fasten
> buttons (ouch).
> 5) Let's not use "the only knife in the drawer" to
> cut the throat of  
> learners in programs with just literacy level one (
> whom *I* believe  
> it's unrealistic to expect will increase two grade
> levels in one  
> reporting period.)
> 6) Let's train those with knives to use them
> properly.
> 7) Using a knife to eat peas or mashed potatoes is
> inefficient and  
> uncouth.  If you don't have forks and spoons, don't
> settle for using  
> knives.
> 8) Utensils may help in cooking, but only if there's
> food to cook. (A  
> kitchen version of my favorite farming metaphor for
> testing, "You  
> don't fatten a calf by weighing it.)
> David J. Rosen

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