Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Test Understanding of Topics for Graduation

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Test Understanding of Topics for Graduation

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Harrisburg requests an alternative to high school graduation tests ("State Looking at Alternative Assessment for HS Seniors," Aug. 19). Here is a sample of a true alternative. It is a test of understanding, the only real goal of education, not selecting the "correct" answer from four or five possibilities. It should be given orally so as to allow for further questions and evidence of high-order thinking:

The founders of our country were all men of the Enlightenment. What is the Enlightenment and how has it created the society, culture and government of America? Give examples. Compare and contrast with Latin America.

We have forward-facing eyes. Why? What other creatures have them and what are the advantages?

Dams are built to generate electricity and control flooding. …

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