Developing Standardized Testing

Developing Standardized Testing

Standardize testing has and still is a topic of debate. On the one hand, we want to measure student performance and sometimes need a means to compare students to one another or to a standardized baseline (i.e. college entrance criteria). On the other hand, a score on a standardize test may not offer a true and/or well-rounded picture of a student’s ability. In this discussion, you’ll examine both sides of this issue. Prior to completing this discussion read Hill (2017) and Paths of Learning #20 (2004).

Initial Post: Create an initial response that addresses the following:

Part 1: Developing Arguments

  • First, develop an argument supporting the use of standardized testing (even if this isn’t your true stance).
  • Next, develop an argument against the use of standardized testing (even if this isn’t your true stance).
  • For each argument, make sure to cite a scholarly source that will help support that viewpoint.

Part 2: Reflecting on Culture

  • Address the following questions:
    • How has standardized testing impacted the role culture plays in curriculum?
    • Has standardized testing helped or hindered any achievement gaps that may exist regarding cultural differences? Explain your reasoning.
  • Be sure to support your answers to these questions with scholarly sources.

Guided Response: Post responses to at least two classmates. In your response, reflect on your classmate’s responses. Questions you might consider in your response include:

  • How does your view on standardizing testing compare to your classmates?
  • What relationships do you feel exist between standardized testing and culture?
  • What role does culture play in today’s curriculum?

 

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