Originally Posted by moominmamma
I hate standardized evaluation as the basis for learning.
What about as the basis for tax returns? For prescription refills? Car alignments? Restaurant orders on your anniversary? The engineering of your dream-house?
Like it or not, communication is key and I really do not think schools are asking too much to have kids either understand context, or clarify.
Sorry to harp on this but it's massively unfair to ask the teacher to just "appreciate" every answer like it's art. Part of getting it right is understanding the question.
I really do not want someone waiting on my table (even a high-schooler) that thinks that she can interpret my order however she wants... or someone doing my taxes (not that I have them done, but just for example, LOL!) that thinks it's okay to write out the numbers... or aligning my car that thinks "align" means to make all the bars parallel... you know? Not to mention building my house!
If she does this often--kind of creates more interesting problems for herself--then she needs to work on it. There are PLENTY of ways in life to create interesting problems AND get the answer right. Letting her know that worksheets are the time to understand and answer, not the time to create interesting puzzles, is hardly going to ruin her self-esteem.
Though, in the OP, you ask how to make teachers do that... I guess asserting,
"Obviously the instructions aren't clear to her, though she's got great reading comprehension (see test score here). So can you work with her a little bit to make sure she knows what they are really asking?"
FWIW my reading comprehension was always my lowest score in school, though I did fabulously at deconstruction and analysis, and I'm a fast reader with simple comprehension that was usually at least ten grades ahead.
I just never saw the complete answer, a GOOD answer, in the multiple choices. Too often, I think I could not answer because the supposedly "right" answer had a word with a different nuance than what the correct answer would be in an open-ended question. Usually I thought, "We really need more information here." I completely understand what your daughter is going through, which is why I keep posting.
I guess with me, having always been the one to give the funny answers, and to ask a million questions about the instructions ("But Ms. Love, it says the right one but not right according to whom... according to me?") that made everyone else groan, I am really glad I learned how to clarify things. I find it's helped me a lot in life, and I'm glad I have both critical, out-of-the-box thinking skills, AND the skills I need to get the job done.
Sometimes, we do need to appreciate looking at things in another way.