May 4, 2012
National Assessments in mathematics, English/language arts and science are coming soon to an American school in your neighborhood. Although the national science assessments are a few years away, the national assessments in mathematics and English/language arts will begin early pilots and field testing next school year, and will be ready for full operational administration in 2014 – 2015.
Is this an idea that is good for American education?… Read more
November 11, 2011
The Art of Teaching Science has just published a new eBook entitled The Enigma of High-Stakes Testing in Science.
The Enigma of High-Stakes Testing in Science is a new eBook published by the Art of Teaching Science Weblog, and made available free. This eBook is based on blog posts that were written over the past few months. The content of this eBook is based on the position that high-stakes tests, which are used to make life-changing decisions about students, teachers, and schools, should be banned from use as further research is carried out to design alternate systems that are humanistic and student-centered.… Read more
October 22, 2011
High stakes testing should not be used to make significant decisions about student performance (achievement in a course, passing a course, being promoted, graduating) and should be banned. In this post we explore formative assessment methods, and show how teachers to make decisions and judgments about student achievement should use a combination of formative and summative assessments.
Some would argue that we don’t have the science right to make such a decision.… Read more