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Intrinsic Motivation vs. Standardized Tests

Edutopia

Illustration credit: ©AndSim/iStock.com Valencia Clay Education Equity Low standardized test scores are a reflection of being uninspired, not unknowledgeable.

Do We Still Need Standardized Tests? A Bold New Approach

CUE

— Special Guest Editorial to the CUE Blog — Over the past several years, there has been an ever-increasing uproar about the over-testing of our children, especially the big standardized tests imposed by the No Child Left Behind Law.

PBL and Standardized Tests? It Can Work!

Edutopia

Andrew Miller PBL Assessment Blogger Andrew Miller acknowledges the tension between project-based learning and standardized testing prep, yet he also finds a wide swathe of common ground between both teaching methods

Union supports standardized tests boycott

The Innovative Educator

The Seattle Times reports the teachers union shares concerns the faculty at Garfield High has raised about district-required standardized tests. As a result, the Garfield teachers announced that no teachers at the school would be giving the tests this winter, even though the district requires them to do so. Seattle standardized tests Seattle teacher boycott Seattle union boycott Standardized Testing

How Standardized Tests Are Scored (Hint: Humans Are Involved)

NPR Learning and Tech

We know very little about what goes into standardized tests, who really designs them and how they're scored. Take a peek into the nation's largest test-scoring facility in the country. »

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Taking the Stress out of Preparing for Standardized Tests

Gaggle Speaks

Standardized tests can seem like the bane of an entire school’s existence. Minimizing stress for test day is one of the most important factors for preparing your students to take any test. Here are a few ways to take the stress out of preparing for standardized tests.

ASCD Calls for Move Away from Sole Reliance on Standardized Testing for Accountability

The 21st Century Principal

One of the leading educator organizations in this country is calling for an end to the over-reliance on standardized testing in accountability practices. They are calling for what is called "multimetric accountability" by which, according to their press-release includes: not using standardized test scores as the "sole measure of student achievement, educator effectiveness, or school quality." ASCD High Stakes Testing standardized testing testing and accountability

What Would Accountability Without Standardized Tests Look Like?

MindShift

Standardized tests were introduced during President Lyndon Johnson’s administration to prove the extra funds going to low-income schools were working. That’s why many civil rights groups adamantly defend the tests as crucial for accountability and equality. Now, parents and students are opting out of the tests, arguing the testing detracts from learning. America’s obsession with standardized tests is harming our kids.

a.) Standardized Testing b.) Multiple Choice c.) Kahoot! d.) All of the above

Inquire and Inspire

For three consecutive years of my career I taught grade 6, which is one of three grades in which students in Ontario write the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) standardized exam.

Channeling the anti-testing fervor

The Christensen Institute

You don’t have to look far to find controversy regarding standardized testing. Federally mandated testing has been one of the major points of discussion in Congress’s efforts this year to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Last spring, the press was full of headlines about families opting out of state testing in protest to current testing policies (see here , here , here , and here ).

Prepfactory - free online test prep tips and practice

Educational Technology Guy

PrepFactory is a site that offers students free SAT + ACT instructional videos and practice questions (kind of like Duolingo meets Khan Academy, specifically for test prep). It''s easy to use and offers tips for taking the tests as well as practice questions and videos.

Engaging classes vs. test prep: Can we have both?

Ditch That Textbook

To make matters worse, high-stakes tests can sap the joy out of teaching very quickly. Teaching creative teaching education reform standardized tests student engagement test preparation

App Ed Review Roundup for August 2015: Test Prep Apps

EmergingEdTech

It’s Never Too Early to Start Preparing for Critical Standardized Tests Standardized tests can be as scary as just the letters ACT, SAT, and AP and these tests can send shivers down students’.

Top 10 Education Systems in the World

Edudemic

The test measures the skills and knowledge of 15-year olds in over 70 countries, regions, and economies, covering reading, math and science. In addition, education systems can also choose to test […]. Featured Assessment critical thinking education system featured financial literacy practical skills standardized testing top schools

Standardized Tests & Comparing Student Scores: Relics of 20th Century Ed Systems

The 21st Century Principal

“Developing better tests of student learning in the 21st century is as futile as attempting to find a faster horse and buggy would have been in the 20th century.” We need assessment conditions that are variable rather than standardized.

Three Reminders for Educators on the Eve of the Spring Standardized Testing Onslaught

The 21st Century Principal

Of course we all acknowledge state standardized tests can't possibly measure everything that matters. Our state even forbids the use of state test scores as the sole basis of making high-stakes decisions. Yet, as the season of testing falls upon us, the obsession with bubble sheets and number two pencils begins anew. But we need to be reminded that tests are only a small piece of information that matters about our students and our teachers.

Learning That Matters

A Principal's Reflections

The other day I posted the following statement on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+, "When was the last time any of us had to take a standardized test in our careers? I should have clarified my comment a bit more by explaining that I was referring to repetitive standardized tests being taken while in the same job with the same school, company, or corporation. Many, however, do not require another test once a passing score has been achieved.

What School Should Really Be About

MiddleWeb

It remains unclear to Mary Tarashuk how rampant standardized testing is actually helping her fourth graders become successful and enthusiastic learners. Assessment Kids on the Cusp assessment learning Mary Tarashuk rubrics standardized tests teacher evaluation

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Standardized Testing (HBO)

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

This is not a form of humor that I enjoy, and the content rating here is sadly and unnecessarily PG-13, but this is one of the most cogent criticisms of our standardized testing system, its absurd limitations, and its associated for-profit drivers, that the general public will get.

Pass That Exam! 14 Test Prep Strategies

Teacher Reboot Camp

“… these tests are unable to measure all of what it is that makes you the valued person who you are.” – Principal Len Christie. Research has shown standardized test scores do not reflect many students true knowledge and skills. What are the testing accommodations?

Smart Yet Relatable

The Principal of Change

In her recent post, “ What Are We Really Measuring “, she takes on the complex topic of standardized testing in schools. Brilliant stuff and makes you really think about not only why we use standardized tests, but what will this lead to for our future students?

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'Opt-Out' Movement Has Little Public Backing, National Poll Reveals

Marketplace K-12

An Education Next poll reveals relatively strong backing for federal testing, and mixed support for the Common Core State Standards. Assessment Common Core Federal Policy assessment commoncore optout standards testing

Harvard Study of Value Added Teachers Misses the Mark

Brilliant or Insane

Opinion Harvard standardized testing Brilliant or Insane. There’s nothing worse for education reform than bad or misinterpreted research, like the study shared by education blogger, Joanne Jacobs, about value added measure of teacher effectiveness.

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No Such Thing as an 'Objective Test'

The 21st Century Principal

Margaret Wheatley, Leadership and the New Science The problem with accountability and testing lies within a single assumption: “that which is the most important content to be learned can be reduced to a single test or be captured in a test question.” As Wheatley points out, when observations, in this case tests, are created, choices are made as to what is to be tested and what is to be ignored. That’s why no standardized tests are ultimately entirely objective.

The Real Problem With Multiple-Choice Questions

TeachThought - Learn better.

Even the transparency and apparent relevance of a classroom activity factor into the “value” of a learning experience as much as how cleanly that activity aligns with an academic standard. Assessment Featured exams multiple choice questions questions standardized testing testing

3 Things Wrong with Test Pep Rallies

The 21st Century Principal

In 2011, I made clear my concerns with " Test Pep Rallies" with my blog post "Test Pep Rallies: Good Practice or Waste of Time ?" As in my earlier post, I still believe that: Test Pep Rallies potentially harm students and learning. It's one thing to encourage a student to do his or her best; it's another to place emphasis on performance levels, where self-worth might be wrongly tied to test results. Test Pep Rallies are a waste of time.

New Year, New Tests: Common Core Assessments Are Here!

Where Learning Clicks

The 2014-15 academic school year is a big one for Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Schools in many states have been working on adopting the college and career-ready standards in classrooms for four years and it is now time to measure student progress against these standards.

Avoiding the Reefs as We Navigate Testing Season

MiddleWeb

Without turning his classroom into “test prep central,” teacher Kevin Hodgson is working to anticipate what his state's evolving standardized tests will contain and how best to help his sixth graders prepare themselves with plenty of reading and writing strategies.

Testing For What?

A Principal's Reflections

I recently came across an opinion piece titled Putting New Jersey''s High School Diplomas to the Test. The article focused on NJ''s relentless push to increase standardized testing and institute end of course exams that students would have to pass in order to graduate.

Teacher dropouts

The Innovative Educator

He gave this advice: "We don’t need a national curriculum or national testing either. To attempt to standardize them. To test them. To test them. Standardized Testing

3 ways to decrease the teacher dropout crisis

The Innovative Educator

Guest post by Eric Williams @ewilliams65 Ron Maggiano, an award-winning teacher in Virginia recently announced his retirement , stating, “I can no longer cooperate with a testing regime that I believe is suffocating creativity and innovation in the classroom.”

7 Technology Enhanced Item Types You’ll See On Common Core Tests This Spring

Edudemic

When The Common Core State Standards initiative was first announced there was a collective eye roll amongst veteran teachers. When two national testing organizations—The Partnership […]. The post 7 Technology Enhanced Item Types You’ll See On Common Core Tests This Spring appeared first on Edudemic. Common Core Featured Education and Technology featured k12 standardized tests

The Myth of Innovation in Education

My Island View

Of course the political climate in this country does not support innovation in education since standardization and high stakes testing determine status and funding for schools. Teachers needing to rely or survive on their students’ test results are hesitant to go beyond that which is required in order to retain their own livelihood. When it comes to the use of technology for learning within our education systems there seems to be two different pictures of our current status.

The Road That Should Not Be Taken

My Island View

The elephant in the room is that if we shift the goal of education from enabling real learning to obtaining better, standardized test results than test review will trump innovative lessons.

Revisiting Test Pep Rallies in a Season of Testing: Good Practice, Waste of Time, or Bad Ethics?

The 21st Century Principal

In 2011, I explored the topic of "Test Pep Rallies" in a blog post entitled " Test Pep Rallies: Good Practice or Waste of Time". With the advent of Race to the Top and the Obama administration''s education policy forcing states to elevate standardized tests to even higher stakes, I wondered if the practice had become even more prevalent. Still, though, the Test Pep Rallies continue and in some cases have become part of celebrated school culture and tradition.

A Teaching Yarn: Helping Kids Connect Learning

MiddleWeb

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NC SAT Scores Drop Slightly: So What! It Means Nothing

The 21st Century Principal

The SAT is a standardized test and comparing the scores from one year to the next is a meaningless and fruitless exercise. Educators need to stop responding with panic about the rise and fall of these tests from year to year. It is education malpractice to even acknowledge that there is any meaning in comparing national standardized tests from year to year. NC Education Policy SAT Scores standardized testing Testing