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Rethinking Assessment

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With few exceptions, all the things our children are using to connect and learn outside the classroom -- social media, cell phones, Internet connections -- are banned inside classrooms. In my kids' c
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  In this article Richardson talks about that standardized tests need to ask question that cannot be found on the internet.  Questions that students of course would not think to remember because it will not effect their everyday life.  For instance in New York there was a question asking, "Which geographic feature impacted the development of the Gupta Empire?"  What student would think to study that.  If a question like that was asked in everyday life then all a person would have to do was pull out their phone and within ten seconds they will know the answer.  These tests should have more thinking critically then memorizing a bunch of information would allow them to be assessed more properly.  Students should also be asked questions that show how well students answer the questions and how literate they are from the good information from the bad information.  I think this is a great idea.  Why would people create a test that asks questions that a student would never think to study?  Also creating tests that actually see how well students are able to answer a question actually allows them to properly be assessed then just bubbling in an answer.  I have to wonder would teachers like this new style of standardized tests?  Do they also believe it would be better for students or not?  Thirdly do students think that taking this type of test would be good for them?  I mean coming from a student any type of standardized test is aweful.  You have to stress all year and if you do not pass you have to stress even more for the next years tests in order to make sure you graduate on time.

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Dominique Pearl's curator insight, May 13, 2014 1:13 PM

These source is useful because it has a lot of reasons of why standardize test is problem today because of teens. It has good grammar and is not overly emotional. This article has some solutions suggested. This article is very convincing

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Standardized Testing's Epic Fail!

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  The fact that Florida's FCAT passed 81% of its students to only 27% of them passing the following year is mind boggling.  The fact that now schools have to create (spend money) on remedial classes just shows that something is wrong with the tests or the schools are  not preparing the students properly.  Commissioner Gerard Robinson proposed to lower the passing grade on the test so that more students will be able to pass the tests.  That makes no sense.  Why would you lower the standards of a standardized test?  The point of these types of test is to see how much the students have learned in that year, if the passing score is just lowered then the responsibility of not only the students but also the teachers is also lowered.  If the administration wants the students to pass at the original passing grade then something needs to change in the curriculum.  The video also states that the writing test emphasizes knowing the difference between "there,they're,and their" is a good thing but it is not reflecting the intelligence of the students but the district being "hell bent" on improving the test scores.  I have to ask, how intelligent are the students actually?  Do they just "learn" what is needed on the test and not what should be also taught in the classroom?  The video als states that the standardized test keeps changing?  Isn't this test called a "standardized test"  how are students supposed to do well if the standards keep changing?  Standardized tests seem to be a waste of time.  Why not teach students rather then enforcing in their minds what is on the test?  It seems as though education is all based upon the tests rather then improving the minds of our future generations.

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Beyond tests: How to foster imagination in students - Washington Post (blog)

Beyond tests: How to foster imagination in students - Washington Post (blog) | Standardized Testing | Scoop.it
Washington Post (blog) Beyond tests: How to foster imagination in students Washington Post (blog) They're so sure that what the young need to know is known, so sure that standardized tests can evaluate the quality of non-standard thought, so sure...
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  Students in today's education system are grilled on having to take tests that are state based in order to move on to the next grade level.  The article goes on to state that students need to have more imagination rather then standardized tests in school.  The article uses a quote from Einstein stating  “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand."  

  I feel as if imagination is what allows students to think more openly and abstractly about ideas.  If schools had assignments that made them think more openly rather then have to remember everything that is taught in class then this would help students succeed in school.  If tests were administored based on everyday situations teachers would be able to assess whether or not students are improving in their skills and not seeing if they just memorized everything the teacher taught.  

  I have to ask though would testing students on their imagination fully assess a students abilities or would it only test a portion of their abilities?  I know that math will always be needed in life so if imagination is used more then how would students learn to do math properly?  Would math stay the same, or would administrations find a new way to teach math that would use more of the students imagination?

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Dan Rather Reports, "Teaching to the Test" Excerpt

Saying it's a waste of time, teachers in Seattle are refusing to give standardized tests to high schoolers because the tests don't effectively assess student...
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  Even teacher's believe that standardized testing is not useful for students.  Teachers in Seattle believe that the MAP test does more harm then good.  One teacher who was interviewed states that the test does not even follow the curriculm that the teachers teach.  He also states that he would speak to Algebra teachers and they would say that Geometry would be on the test as well.  For me I do not understand why the people who make the test would think it would be a good idea to put a different subject on a test that is testing the students on something else.  As one teacher stated when they were boycotting the test that the test created a society of inequality and unfairness.  He is absolutely right especially in the sense of unfairness.  How do the people who create the test think that it is fair to test students on something else when students prepare for the test by studying what they believe is on the test.  Students would not think that Geometry would be on an Algebra test so they do not take the time to study a bit of Geometry.  Which is exactly what I would do.  If I am taking an Algebra test the only thing I would be studying to prepare for the test is Algebra.  It is great that teachers, students, parents, etc. are taking a stand against these standardized test.  The Administration needs to realize that these tests hurt the students rather then helps.  I have to wonder if the Administration will change the way these tests are given?  Will they now create tests that only test the students on what it says it will be testing rather then have questions that have no business being on the test?  The fact that people are now fighting against these tests may very well change how the tests are given and what is actually on the test.  Standardized test may very well not be the same as they are today in the future. 

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Dominique Pearl's curator insight, May 13, 2014 1:28 PM

This is a useful source because it has various reasons why standardize tests are bad. It has interviewed people and teachers. it is not to emotional. This video makes sense and proper sixth grade language. I like it because it is understanding.

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Stop the War Against Standardized Tests | Hoover Institution

Stop the War Against Standardized Tests | Hoover Institution | Standardized Testing | Scoop.it
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  Standardized testing seems to be an important aspect of a students progression in school.  According to this article if a standardized test is given properly and not misused then students can benefit from these tests.  These test allow teachers to see where exactly the students are progressing in school.  If a student does poor on a test then they are able to find ways for the students to do better, for example, tutoring.  A study was done by John Bishop of Cornell University which showed that students who have to take standardized test in order to graduate from high school tend to be more likely to complete homework, talk to their parents about schoolwork, and watch less television then their counterparts who do not need to take these same tests.  

  I feel as if it is true when it came to the study about the students doing better in school when passing the standardized test was manditory in order to graduate.  When I was in high school I had to pass my Math and English standardized tests in eleventh grade in order to graduate.  Now that I read about this study I look back at my high school career and realize the conclusion to this study is completely true.  When I was forced to pass my standardized tests I made an effort to excel in my classrooms, especially Math and English, since I knew that the information from my regular classrooms would more then likely be on the standardized tests.

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NY, unions agree: Stop standardized tests for pre-K through 2nd grade - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

NY, unions agree: Stop standardized tests for pre-K through 2nd grade - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle | Standardized Testing | Scoop.it
NY, unions agree: Stop standardized tests for pre-K through 2nd grade Rochester Democrat and Chronicle "There are no pre-K — Grade 2 standardized tests administered or required by the state, and there never have been." The angst from the unions —...
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  The fact that students who are in pre-k to second grade are now having to do standardize tests is quite shocking.  At this stage the students are better at hands on learning.  This article talks about how it seems as though the testing is not about the actual testing of what the students learned that year, but the test looks to see if the teachers of the students are properly doing their job.

  I have to wonder if this is actually true, or do school districts believe that these generation of kids are ready to taking tests that are fill in the bubble?  I also have to wonder if the students are prepared for these tests?  Do they know they will be taking a test that is longer then usual and a test tests them on everything that was taught throughout the school year?  I have to wonder who is actually making these tests?  Are they professional teachers or adminstrators making the tests, or are people who have no idea about what is being taught in classrooms actually making the tests? 

  I believe this article is valid since it shows that standardized testing is now being given to even younger grade levels.  The article also talks about the controversy surrounding standadize testing which seems to always be a "hot" topic.

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