I 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!
We test each child ~1,000 times per hour, and we have yet to receive any complaints 🙂
Jeff, precisely! Every student response is a formative assessment opportunity!
Where they surpass the traditional classes is in terms of value
and convenience. Furthermore, according to the study, 30% of students are enrolled at least in
one online course; the growth of enrollments
in online classes has reached 21% compared to a
2% increase in the enrollments in traditional classes.
You will be delighted to know that online education is in no way inferior to conventional education.
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