Nothing changes if the assessments are still geared to pencil and paper. Those assessments were developed when there were no computers and the power of Google was not there for students on question of fact. That power gives them the power of argument and allows real thinking: Unleash them. Norman Constantine, Wakefield School.
If you are continuing to base a lot of your assessment on fact-based questions, or even asking higher-level questions but preventing preventing students from accessing the tools of their trade, then it’s time to rethink. You can begin to make use to technology to create richer, more meaningful assessments . Steve Taffee, Castilleja School
This is the Danish language exam. One of the teachers stands in front of the class and explains the rules. She tells the candidates they can use the internet to answer any of the four questions. They can access any site they like, even Facebook, but they cannot message each other or email anyone outside the classroom.
The teachers also think the nature of the questions make it harder to cheat in exams. Students are no longer required to regurgitate facts and figures. Instead the emphasis is on their ability to sift through and analyse information.
Minister for education in Denmark, Bertel Haarder, says: “Our exams have to reflect daily life in the classroom and daily life in the classroom has to reflect life in society. The internet is indispensible, including in the exam situation. I’m sure that is would be a matter of very few years when most European countries will be on the same line.”
valuing claims that are backed by appropriate and adequate evidence,
reasoning objectively and dispassionately
arriving at informed judgments and decisions.
Scenario (created by Kristy Miller, University of Evansville) Prior to the election, a bill is proposed in the state senate that would ban aspartame, an artificial sweetener, from being added to any soft drink or food product. Senator Dulce is opposed to the bill. You are an advisor to State Senator Nathan Dulce, who is running for reelection against County Commissioner Pat Sauer. Pat Sauer made two arguments in favor of the bill during a recent TV interview: First, Sauer said that because of the strong correlation between the number of people who consume aspartame and headaches, “banning aspartame would improve the health of the state’s citizens.” Second, he said that “aspartame should be replaced with sucralose.” Documents : Local newspaper article opposing aspartame Data from the Department of Health about headaches and aspartame Task: Senator Dulce wants to make sure he votes appropriately on the aspartame bill, so he has asked you to analyze the strengths and/or limitations of each of Sauer’s two main points.
Wouldn’t it be great if each school in a competitive set defined their lists differently, driven by unique mission, and families chose schools by their defined outcomes (and demonstrated success at those outcomes?)
NAIS monograph: July 2010 Student Outcomes that Measure the School’s Value Added
“ Independent schools are now being challenged to show how their educational model generates what it does and how it is worth the investment.
“ Consider using a tool or tools that best fits your school, mission, and community, knowing that the primary purpose for doing so is institutional assessment and improvement . You will be stronger and more financially viable for doing so.”
Education Secretary Duncan: Beyond the Bubble Tests: The Next Generation of Assessments
I believe the impact of this next generation of assessments in the classroom will be dramatic —and that the new assessments will support learning and instructional practices that teachers have long hungered for themselves.
One-shot, year-end bubble tests administered on a single day, too often lead to a dummying down of curriculum and instruction throughout the course of the entire school year.
In short, most of the assessment done in schools today is after the fact and designed to indicate only whether students have learned. Not enough is being done to assess students’ thinking as they learn to boost and enrich learning, and track student growth.
For the first time, state assessments will make widespread use of smart technology. They will provide students with realistic, complex performance tasks, immediate feedback, computer adaptive testing, and incorporate accommodations for a range of students.
One of the biggest frustrations of teachers with existing assessments is that they fail to test higher-order reasoning and writing skills, and thus fail to show what students know and can do.
For the first time, many teachers will have the state assessments they have longed for– tests of critical thinking skills and complex student learning that are not just fill-in-the-bubble tests of basic skills but support good teaching in the classroom.
The new assessments will better measure the higher-order thinking skills so vital to success in the global economy of the 21st century and the future of American prosperity. To be on track today for college and careers, students need to show that they can analyze and solve complex problems, communicate clearly, synthesize information, apply knowledge, and generalize learning to other settings.
Example Performance Task: Source: Council for Aid to Education, CWRA Institutional Report
You advise Pat Williams, the president of DynaTech, a company that makes precision electronic instruments and navigational equipment. Sally Evans, a member of DynaTech’s sales force, recommended that DynaTech buy a small private plane (a SwiftAir 235) that she and other members of the sales force could use to visit customers.
Pat was about to approve the purchase when there was an accident involving a SwiftAir 235. Your document library contains the following materials:
www.21k12blog.net St. Gregory seniors Mean Raw Score Points Increase 128 Percentile Increase, on the College Freshman scale 30 percentile points (67 th to 97 th ) Median Standard Deviation Increase .92 (compared to .51 at other high schools)