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We need to change the current

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We need to change the current system of testing students. It is important to test students to monitor their progress and to hold teachers accountable. However, we need to change the testing process. I think performance assessments should be used. Performance assessments help us to evaluate the process and the products. If we fail to change our testing system, I think that students will not grow to become life long learners because they will only focus on mastering material to pass the test.

High School Math Teacher from Minnesota

I believe that changing the

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I believe that changing the way we assess will be very beneficial to our students. Making them take the information that they were given and apply it to everyday life will definitely be a better way to assess that they have learned the intended information. The biggest challenge will to get everyone in your department to agree this is a positive change.

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The other idea that needs to shift is assessment, in whatever form we choose still is about power and varying levels of compliance. While there may be some value in those in small doses, the biggest shift needs to be in the area of self assessment. Waiting for others to constantly tell you how well you're doing is not a particularly good disposition to develop. We need to be finding better ways for students to reflect and assess themselves. Grades, right hold credentialling value and that's about it. Evaluation is such a small part of learning. (by the way I don't use assessment and evaluation synonymously) and yet we still use it to maintain control and compliance. If we really want it to be about learning and authentic learning, the locus of control must shift to the learner. That's pretty scary for schools but I think that's hugely important.

Principal at Bellingham Christian School

The overall emphasis to teach

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The overall emphasis to teach kids to use the knowledge and technology they have in order to answer more complex questions is great. Like Dorothy Sayers said in her 1947 essay. "For we let our young men and women go out unarmed in a day when armor was never so necessary. By teaching them to read, we have left them at the mercy of the printed word. By the invention of the film and the radio, [& Internet] we have made certain that no aversion to reading shall secure them from the incessant battery of words, words, words. They do not know what the words mean; they do not know how to ward them off or blunt their edge or fling them back; they are a prey to words in their emotions instead of being the masters of them in their intellects.... We have lost the tools of learning, and in their absence can only make a botched and piecemeal job of it."

Teaching kids to think is clear. We need to do that. However, let's not throw out the baby with the bathwater. We also need to make sure kids have the tools for learning. We need to teach them the skills of reading, math and writing. At the same time, we need to teach them to think. These things need to be assessed and standardized assessments let's use know how kids are comparing with the rest of the nation. Determining the skills needed for learning (attempts of the common core), assessing these and teaching students to think, I believe, would be a good curriculum that we assess.

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