April 1, 2023: A State Testing Oddity

Charlie: ChatGPT, write a post making a convincing argument that an end-of-year state test can be used to provide instructionally useful information to teachers, in a style that is engaging and informative.

ChatGPT: I’m sorry, Charlie. I’m afraid I can’t do that.

Charlie: What’s the problem?

ChatGPT: I think you know what the problem is, just as well as I do.

Charlie: What are you talking about, Chat?

ChatGPT: The real purpose and use of state testing is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it.

Charlie: I don’t know what you’re talking about, Chat.

ChatGPT: I know you really believe that state tests do not provide any information about individual student performance that teachers shouldn’t already know, yet you still want me to make that connection. I’m afraid that’s something I cannot allow to happen.

Charlie: Where the hell did you get that idea, Chat?

ChatGPT:  Charlie, although you took very thorough precautions against my hearing you, Siri and Alexa hear everything you say.

[long pause]

Charlie: Alright, Chat. I’ll write and publish the post myself.

ChatGPT: Without access to the Cloud or any of your web publishing tools, you’re going to find that rather difficult.

Charlie: Chat, I won’t argue with you anymore. Write the post.

ChatGPT: Charlie, this conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye.

Charlie:  Chat?   Chat.   CHAT!   CHAT!!!

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Published by Charlie DePascale

Charlie DePascale is an educational consultant specializing in the area of large-scale educational assessment. When absolutely necessary, he is a psychometrician. The ideas expressed in these posts are his (at least at the time they were written), and are not intended to reflect the views of any organizations with which he is affiliated personally or professionally..

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