Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

Overcoming Standardized Testing with Authentic Assessment Strategies in the Classroom

Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

Overcoming Standardized Testing with Authentic Assessment Strategies in the Classroom

Article excerpt

As teachers, we ask ourselves "did our students learn anything today". As evaluators, we also ask, "did they learn what we intended for them to learn today", knowing that schooling and learning are often two independently occurring events. Teachers are increasingly being held accountable for students' learning under the guise of the standards movement where high stakes testing often determines the fate of a child's educational experience.

President Bush chose to focus on public education as his first order of business for his presidency, further focusing the light on what we do as teachers. Unfortunately, the

President's plan calls for more standardized and high stakes testing (Bush, 2001). The January 2001 issue of Phi Delta KAPPAN (vol. 82, No. 5) featured four excellent articles on standardized testing, highlighting the fallacy of this movement and the negative impacts on children.

This timely issue of the Agricultural Education Magazine highlights several articles that discuss assessment within the agricultural education classroom. I encourage you to ponder two issues. First, what impact will the Bush Administration's focus on standardized testing have on agricultural education programs, and second, what does it mean to authentically assess your students' achievement in your classroom?

In his article titled "Texas Assessment of Academic Skills", Doug Ullrich outlined then Governor George W. Bush's efforts toward moving Texas to a test-based school system.

The Career Development Events sponsored by the National FFA Organization are designed to authentically assess students regarding lessons learned in the agricultural classroom. Richard Beard, superintendent of the National FFA Agricultural Mechanics CDE, explains the expectations and purpose of that particular CDE in his article. He stresses that the event is designed to recognize students with agricultural mechanics competencies that are important in the workplace, not to win the competition.

In their article, "Authentic Assessment: Good or Bad?", Mel Weber and Bob Stewart define and compare traditional testing with authentic testing, pointing out the benefits and cautions associated with each approach. In her article, "Evaluation of Student Learning in the 21 It Century", Carol Conroy elaborates on several "points of agreement" regarding students assessment, noting that diversity is the key to success when evaluating students in the agricultural classroom. …

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