Using Frequent Formative Assessment

Test2I read a really great article in The Atlantic about more testing, not less, in American classrooms. That was not a typo. It is a really fantastic article about how great testing can be…in spite of the much-maligned status of testing in the media!

I couldn’t repost the article here, so I’ll just give you the first paragraph, and then please do yourself a favor and click through to read the rest. You won’t be sorry…especially if you are a teacher, whether elementary, secondary or higher ed. 

From Tests Make Kids Smarter. Let’s Give Them More. by Ezekiel J. Emanuel.

“In high school, we used to moan about Mr. Koonz’s chemistry class. Every Friday, Mr. Koonz required his students to turn in a worksheet and take a test. Every single Friday. We begged for a break from the constant assessments. But nothing swayed him.”

Click here to keep reading. And then let us know what you think!

About karen mahon

i am a behavior and learning scientist. i hold an ed.d. in educational psychology and am trained as an instructional designer. i have spent more than 15 years working in education and instructional software design.
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4 Responses to Using Frequent Formative Assessment

  1. Jeff Durso says:

    We test each child ~1,000 times per hour, and we have yet to receive any complaints 🙂

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