I was expecting her to fail her final just like every other test she's taken in my class. She ended up with a 77 C.
I asked her how she did so well on that test but not the homework, class work, or my tests. Her answer was simple: the final was multiple choice.
She knew the very basics of the problems but she didn't know how to truly solve them. So she solved them as much she could then picked the answer that looked closest. But what about the ones you couldn't solve at all? I asked.
"Simple", she said," look at 21. A is 1/4, B is 2/3, C is -1/4, and D is 3/4. Obviously the answer is A or C so now I hve a 50/50 chance of getting it right compared to guessing 1 out of 4. Not to mention its been proven that the answer is most commonly C"
I was impressed and sad. She has been taught to pass a test. She does not know trig. She knows how to take a test.
And that's why the no child left behind act pisses me off. This is what it's done to my students.