25 Things Tests Can’t Measure In Students
by TeachThought Staff
Who knew a vertical sliver of paper, stamped with little bubbles and otherwise boringly plain and harmless, could become such a contentious issue in education?
After all, the world itself runs on tests. Medical tests, vacuum tests for cars, vision tests for your eyes, health department tests for restaurants, test flights, athletic competitions, bar examinations, and dozens more. They’re ubiquitous!
So why the scorn for testing children? How else will we know if they’re learning?
Testing And Education Reform
That a test–at least the standardized tests we give in schools today–represents only a narrow snapshot of a child’s abilities isn’t a new proposition. That they promote reductive views of intelligence, mislead families and communities, and are often punitive for teachers and students alike also isn’t new, which is where this image by @sylviaduckworth comes in.
The graphic is based on the idea of personality qualities, rather than the content knowledge and academic skills measured by most standardized testing today., that are beyond the reach of testing today. There are many potential takeaways here, so let’s document a few in the form of a question:
What do we test today and why?
Why should we be testing and why?
Are tests the best way to measure learning?
Should we measure learning? Why or why not? Are the other ways of measuring understanding?
What role does ‘personality’ have in ‘life’? Do these kinds of ‘soft skills’ matter in K-12 education?
Should we use academic knowledge to promote personality traits or personality traits to promote academic knowledge? Or something else entirely?
What can and can’t be measured, and how should education respond to whatever our answer is?
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1. Sense of Wonder
5. Critical Thinking
13. Question Asking
16. Civic Mindedness
25. Sense of Beauty
*previously published at TeachThought.com