Breaking out of the classroom into the world....
oh our district just tells the students they can take tests over and over and over again. Multiple choice. How many guesses do you need, really?I told students they could retake tests, but they have to show me all the work written out on the entire test they had returned - yes, even the ones they got right. I found that practice improves skill, but you won't see it reflected in the data, because nobody's looking.
Dear Anonymous,Given the tech we have today and the gazillions of questions out there, retaking tests may not be such a bad idea at the classroom level for some kids.Once for-profit companies grab them, though, things get curly. Study Island, for instance, has huge test banks (not necessarily evil) but focuses on the data collection--again, not intrinsically bad, but gets creepy when every teacher and every admin can see how every student (and every teacher) is doing in every class. In the old days, answering questions as you went along fell under the category of guided reading.
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