Changing Minds by Changing Standardized Tests
Howard Gardner believes drilling for the college boards is not the best way to assess ability. Instead, he looks at a variety of factors, which may influence a student’s performance on standardized testing. "Tell me their zip code and I can make a pretty good prediction on how well [a student] will do on their College Board test." A student's access to resources, how much money their family has and the types of schools they've attended will greatly influence their performance on standardized testing in the traditional model.
Gardner proposes making a new test every year so that teachers aren't just teaching to a particular version of a particular test. And over time, if they want to know a student's reading ability, for example, they wouldn’t necessarily know whether they’re taking the California, Iowa or ETS version. But if they do well on the tests they are randomly assigned, teachers could be confident the student can read well, are learning well, and are being prepared well overall.
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