The Right Kind of Testing

differenceOur schools need more testing.   I’m not talking about THAT kind of testing where we pour information into kids heads and then measure the regurgitation. I’m talking about the kind of tests we have in real life.

What if we changed the design of the school?  The delivery of the lessons?  The format of our teaching?  The ‘standardization’ of everything?  What if we made learning about giving “tests” in the form of projects, experiments, and situations where kids were encouraged to inquire, learn, think, problem solve, get creative, and figure things out? What if all of our assessments in schools were the authentic kind?   What if we didn’t having outside sources micromanaging our scores and telling us that low scores mean our kids aren’t learning, and that must mean we aren’t working hard enough?

The quote is true.  Life is a series of “tests.”  Just not the kind with bubbles.  The real kind.  That require thinking, learning, and growing.  The kind we need just might need more in our schools.

  1. This is a great article! I tutor English privately and am not part of the public education system. I have eliminated almost all testing, except the beginning eight week course on grammar and have found that students respond and learn with greater enthusiasm. The results have proven to be the best method for teaching and learning.

  2. So awesome, Barbara! I don’t give traditional tests in my classroom either. I know some would say that we’re ‘just having fun’. But, I believe in real, authentic learning over regurgitation ANY day! :) Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

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