Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Assessing the Assessments: Most Students Understand the Need for Testing and Prefer to Do It on a Computer-But Their Parents Still Have Issues

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Assessing the Assessments: Most Students Understand the Need for Testing and Prefer to Do It on a Computer-But Their Parents Still Have Issues

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WITH DISTRICTS in the 44 Common Core states field-testing new online assessments, plenty of critics have voiced their opinions. The most extreme are exhuming the twin bogeymen of Communism and Nazism to attack the standards themselves, while moderate opponents have shown reasonable concern about the impact of testing on teaching and learning.

A recent study brings a much-needed constituency to the conversation: students. The Northwest Evaluation Association's "Make Assessment Matter: Students and Educators Want Tests that Support Learning" surveyed 1,042 students, 94 percent of whom agree that tests are "important for understanding what they are learning, getting into a good college and knowing whether they will move on to the next grade." You can read more about the study on page 3, but I think one more number merits mention: 78 percent of the students surveyed believe that taking tests on computers has a positive impact on their engagement during these assessments.

So in this sample, large majorities of students understand the purpose of the new tests and prefer to take them on computers--yet I still hear a steady chorus of parents who are unhappy about assessments. …

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