Comprehensive Assessment: An Overview

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Hall Monitor (not verified)

Standardized tests are

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Standardized tests are antiques. Let's catch up to the 21st century.

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jb (not verified)

thanks

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simply wonderful video!

Jamie Jay (not verified)

It would be nice to have the

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It would be nice to have the embed code fixed, I would like to post this on my blog so that other future educators can see this.

caitlain (not verified)

interesting

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I have always been one who thought that standardized testing is nto a very good show of what students are actually capable of. I thought this movie would make me believe this more. On the contrary, I think this made me more confused if nothing else. performance based testing seems to be great but it may be better paired with testing of sorts. I love the idea behind this but I couldn't help but think how many students I know that have done projects like this and simply done enough to get a good grade. Group projects make me nervous because your grades is in others hands and inevitably someone does most of the work. I know for a fact I did at least one porject where I couldn't tell you anything from the presentation but I get an A. This to me is the same as the SAT. I don't remember anything that was on it but I did well. I think this movie made me more confused because now I don't know that I feel either one could work.

Mike F (not verified)

Great Video

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After viewing the video, it brought back some interesting memories. When I graduated high school in 1994, my class was the first class that had to pass all four parts of the Ohio Proficiency Test in order to graduate. There were students who had GPA's well over 3.0 but couldn't graduate with our class because of one test. In the video, Linda Darling makes the point that we are over testing and under examining our students. I think that is true. The video supports her further by stating that testing gives little indication of real world experiences. Our world is not as organized as a test seems to prepare our students for.

I also liked the viewpoint of Performance Based Assesments. PBA's are more hands on and gives the students the opportunity to see the fruits of their labor. When a student can physically see the outcome of their hard work, it may keep them engaged to keep working.

DH (not verified)

performance based testing

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Excellent video as I agree that standardized testing is not a true mesure and must go. Furthermore, performance based testing, if done properly, gives a very true indication of a students strengths and weaknesses. One can not simply bluff theri way through a presentation without knowing the subject material. Also, performance based testing gives real world experience in presentation, social, and teamwork skills which are needed in the post education real world. I believe this is the wave of the future usig perfomance based testing and concentrating on a studens m. intelligences. In conclusion, solving real world problems instead of circling multiple guess answers for some hypothical situation is vastly superior for building academics, real world knowledge, and interpersonal skills.

Ursula (not verified)

Alternative Assessments

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Performance assessments take a lot more work than simply giving a standardized test. I am sure this is one of the reasons we limit the number of students that we give the alternative assessment. I was privileged to have to create alternative assessments for nine students "qualified" or made it all the way through a flow chart. It took me a couple of months to test them in reading/writing, math, social studies and science in comparison to the 5 days the other students were given to complete their 5 parts of the Ohio Graduation Test. There are some very talented students that will struggle through high school because they can't pass the tests. Is it fair to say a child that can build a robot but can't pass the science part of the OGT can't graduate from high school?

Kathy Varian (not verified)

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I am studying to become a teacher but I am not quite there yet. What I have learned thus far is that teachers learn about students by using a variety of methods. They assess students by observing them in the classroom,evaluating their day-to-day classwork, grading their homework assignments,meeting with their parents,keeping close records of how they change or grow throughout the year and how they take tests.

Tests give teachers only part of the picture of a child' strengths and weaknesses. Teachers combine the results of many methods to gain well-rounded insights into the skills, abilities, and knowledge of your child.

That being the case, why don't colleges also use similar information when they assess students for college?

What I found interesting about the video are some of the individual comments. For example, just because a student is a good test take does not mean that they know how to apply that knowledge. A good portion of students are passed up just because they did not score well on a standardized test.

I like the idea of colleges using outside assessment persons to assign projects and then evaluate them in addition to a standarized test. Perhaps then a college counsleor could see "what they actually knew and how they applied it".

I'll leave this food for thought. What if Albert Einstein tested poorly? Would anyone have listened to his ideas?

Ursula (not verified)

I love the idea of testing a

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I love the idea of testing a students ability to apply a concept, through performance based assessments, rather than assessing the students stratospheric testing skills on a standardized test. Because we are primarily only testing one way we are ruling out so many kids, whose test score will determine much of their future. Is it really fair to say to a kid who can rebuild an automobile engine, but scores poorly on the SAT or ACT, that there is no way he can be an engineer? This is what we are doing.

Adrian (not verified)

Very interesting

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I thought that this video was intersting in the fact that there are teachers out there not just teaching academic work based on standarized tests. The other day I was talking with a teacher who is in an SED room, and he was telling how difficult it is in trying to teacher his students based on the guidlenes of the state tests. He mentioned that he feels that he sometimes loses that teacher/student relationship because he has to stay focused on these guidelines. My wife is a teacher and she does not like it either. At the end of each year she is told how her students perform on these tests and she feels responsible for these students to perform well on these tests. My question is are these test preparing the students for the real world? The ideas and projects shown in the video seem to be preparing the students better to be successful outside of school compared to some standarized tests. I think all schools and teachers should utilize the ideas shown in this video.

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