Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Test Quandary

The test clearly lays out the learning expectations.The learning points are solid. Yet the test takes too long to complete and there is significant cognitive challenge when it comes to fluidly understanding the number of relatively new concepts included.

Tests call students to independently show what they know. They give students significant quiet time to think about the questions and respond. This is a positive challenge when the learning curve is just right, but when the curve is too great it can be discouraging.

I both like tests and don't like tests. There's good reasons for tests and good reasons not to have tests.

I will continue to consider this point, and in the meantime, I'll find ways to make the test length and depth a more reasonable fit for the variety of students I teach and expectations to master. Onward.