We have a system of tests designed for citizens of the Industrial Age, based on the assembly line, that are extremely costly, don’t measure much of content, and don’t motivate learning. And millions of programmers have found a way that works so well they don’t even need formal credentials and accreditation systems. What they do works — and works based on peers evaluating contribution (they don’t even have a system of “failing:” they reward what works, what is good, setting the bar for reputation at its highest, not at its lowest denominator).
We not only can use far more interactive, complex, humane, interesting, challenging, and innovative forms of assessment for real learning, real teaching, real collaboration — the tech community is already doing that. Teachers, researchers, experimenters, and evaluators all need to think about these systems and learn from them.