Educational Technology

September 17, 2010

U.S. Asks Educators to Reinvent Student Tests, and How They Are Given

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:35 am

By SAM DILLON, NY Times

The new tests, which Secretary of Education Arne Duncan described in a speech in Virginia on Thursday, are to be ready for the 2014-15 school year. They will be computer-based, Mr. Duncan said, and will measure higher-order skills ignored by the multiple-choice exams used in nearly every state, including students’ ability to read complex texts, synthesize information and do research projects. “The use of smarter technology in assessments,” Mr. Duncan said, “makes it possible to assess students by asking them to design products of experiments, to manipulate parameters, run tests and record data.” Because the new tests will be computerized and will be administered several times throughout the school year, they are expected to provide faster feedback to teachers than the current tests about what students are learning and what might need to be retaught.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/03/education/03testing.html?_r=1

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