Comprehensive Assessment: An Overview

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Tammy J (not verified)

Excellent. I agree with

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Excellent. I agree with focusing on real world application of knowledge aquired. When working in the business world it will be about taking information and using it to problem solve. I liked the comment by Mr. Gardner about the world does not provide you with multiple choice answers to problems. It is really based on how we actively use the knowledge that will determine whether we are learning.

It would also allow the students to look at what they like to do. The teacher that gave the students the opportunity to create their own schools was excellent. Could you not take that project and determine that you love or hate architecture, math, project management. What a great way to experience career opportunity before you get to college. I also loved the presentation aspect of the projects. What excellent preparation for college and the work world.

C Fisher (not verified)

Great Ideas

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After watching the video, I wondered why performance base testing was not applied when I was in school. I think this is a wonderful idea for this generation and beyond. With the advancement of technology and students who learn in so many different ways I think this is one way that can show how much a student really knows. In my opinion Standardized test is not teaching for understanding, instead it is forcing teachers to teach to the test and teaching students to memorize instead of internalize the information that is given to them. Standardized test are not teaching our students to think for themselves, the question I have for those who made the mandates for these test is, "How will Standardized testing help students in the real world when they have to make decision on their own?" I do believe that those who set forth to have students reach a certain standard had good intentions, but, did they realize students would not be learning, and teachers would not be teaching. In the video, there is true learning taking place. Students have to come up with ideas for their projects, they have to gather the information, and then demonstrate how much they learned and present it for a grade. This style of teaching is combining the different intelligences, encouraging independent learning, and higher level thinking which is needed when students go to college and join the rat race. As much as I don't like taking test I do feel they are needed, but as the video demonstrates there must be a variety, with variety, it helps the students learn and it helps make school fun and cool.

C Fisher (not verified)

Great Ideas

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After watching the video, I wondered why performance base testing was not applied when I was in school. I think this is a wonderful idea for this generation and beyond. With the advancement of technology and students who learn in so many different ways I think this is one way that can show how much a student really knows. In my opinion Standardized test is not teaching for understanding, instead it is forcing teachers to teach to the test and teaching students to memorize instead of internalize the information that is given to them. Standardized test are not teaching our students to think for themselves, the question I have for those who made the mandates for these test is, "How will Standardized testing help students in the real world when they have to make decision on their own?" I do believe that those who set forth to have students reach a certain standard had good intentions, but, did they realize students would not be learning, and teachers would not be teaching. In the video, there is true learning taking place. Students have to come up with ideas for their projects, they have to gather the information, and then demonstrate how much they learned and present it for a grade. This style of teaching is combining the different intelligences, encouraging independent learning, and higher level thinking which is needed when students go to college and join the rat race. As much as I don't like taking test I do feel they are needed, but as the video demonstrates there must be a variety, with variety, it helps the students learn and it helps make school fun and cool.

Blaine M (not verified)

Purpose gone awry

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I understand the allure of standardized testing in that it is an "easy" way to compare students from different schools, communities, and states but there is nothing easy about measuring the abilities of a student. There has to be a more complete and balanced method of testing.

One of the benefits of performance based testing is the necessity for the student to know the subject matter. In order to be able to complete these projects they will need to have a solid understanding of the material in order to succeed on the test. Learning material and learning to perform are not mutually exclusive. In order to perform successfully the student must know the material. They work hand in hand. In our jobs and careers we have to know both so why shouldn't students learn both?

I think a moderation between the two testing methods would be beneficial. The students would have show at least general knowledge of the subject in order to be involved in the performance testing. Then with that general knowledge they could be propelled into much deeper learning.

MPN (not verified)

Performance-based assessment

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The past few weeks I have spent much time contemplating the methods of assessment that would be best suited to a heterogeneous group of students. I know that there is going to be a strong need to use a holistic approach in some of the evaluation processes for such a stratified group. However, I am acutely aware of the possibility of bias in this objective approach. Even with a well-developed scoring guide/rubric, a performance-based assessment by its nature has the teacher/evaluator’s opinion and position to account for. Taking all this into account, a performance-based assessment must also have reliability and validity. Designing such a tool for evaluation is a matter of delicate undertaking that does not guarantee accuracy.

Mary Ellen (not verified)

performance assessment

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I think performance assessment best represents Garner's theory of multiple intelligence, students can express their understanding in creative and fundamental ways. Performance based assessment can allow our students to express knowledge in ways that best suit them. I particularly liked students reading a book and with an external assessor discussing the text. This allows the students to express thoughts, feelings and their own unique viewpoints; this could never be accomplished with standard testing. I allowed my students to read the Outsiders; instead of a typical multiple choice test a performance based assessment would be far more informative. I would love to hear their unique and thoughtful interpitation of this excellent text.
Performance based assessment can be used in mathematics as well, starting a "store" or coffee shop will demonstrate mathematical knowledge perfectly.
I think this will be the way of the future; students will be encouraged that their true voice will be heard.

Mary Ellen (not verified)

performance assessment

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I think performance assessment best represents Garner's theory of multiple intelligence, students can express their understanding in creative and fundamental ways. Performance based assessment can allow our students to express knowledge in ways that best suit them. I particularly liked students reading a book and with an external assessor discussing the text. This allows the students to express thoughts, feelings and their own unique viewpoints; this could never be accomplished with standard testing. I allowed my students to read the Outsiders; instead of a typical multiple choice test a performance based assessment would be far more informative. I would love to hear their unique and thoughtful interpitation of this excellent text.
Performance based assessment can be used in mathematics as well, starting a "store" or coffee shop will demonstrate mathematical knowledge perfectly.
I think this will be the way of the future; students will be encouraged that their true voice will be heard.

Mary Ellen (not verified)

performance assessment

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I found this information to be an excellent example of Garner's theory of multiple intelligence. Performance assessment can truly asess the knowledge of our students, we can allow them to grow and explore in ways that are less traditional.
Performance assessment allows our students to read a book and with the use of an external assessor express their thoughts feelings and interpertations of the text, this cannot be done with standardized assessments. Students can develop a deeper understanding of the material when they interact and colloborate with other students, this brings the information to life.

Val (not verified)

Opinion based on career change...

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I recently went thru a career change from manufacturing/production planning to pursuing teaching. Coming from a business background you need to know how to collaborate, give and receive feedback, and achieve extremely high standards. The video pointed out that "measuring success on projects is a bigger determination of potential success in real life". I totally agree, I feel, as the video points out, that would be examining what students know rather than over testing.

The video also pointed out that "teachers get immediate feedback" from students working and creating projects. This is extremely valuable to a teacher so that they can make constant tweaks to their delivery of lessons.

In summary I like the video, it shows that we need to look at multiple ways of teaching and assessing. There isn't a text book titled "How a child learns", it is a constantly changing and moving target that needs to be reviewed, assessed, and studied every way possible to give every child every chance to be successful.

Mick (not verified)

Encouraging

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Brilliant. I really liked some of the project ideas the teacher's came up with. It was very encouraging to watch the students give their presentations on architecture in designing a school. It's obvious that such a presentation would not only require an in depth understanding of information applicable to state standards but also a deeper understanding to carry out their application.

I also really enjoyed the comments about the system of standardized tests. Our kids are the most "over tested and under examined." Real life "is not organized into four choices." They also reminded us that skills correlated with success like communication and leadership are not measured on standardized tests.

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