Category Archives: Standardized Testing

How practices in standardized testing affect students and education as a whole.

Pinning down emotional intelligence

If you do any research on testing for Emotional Intelligence, you are likely to run into a couple of names repeatedly. One is Howard Gardner who came up with the idea that there are several types or modalities of intelligence. … Continue reading

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The higher level gamble

The attempt to create “higher level” multiple choice questions does not always result in valid assessment. In fact, I’m beginning to wonder if this kind of close-ended, limited choice question can even legitimately test anything beyond a simple analysis. In … Continue reading

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The time of tests

The ancient Chinese refined the process of choosing officials based on testing. Prospective government employees would spend days ensconced in little tents taking the massive exam. If they scored high they could expect a cushy job as part of the … Continue reading

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Multiple Choice Mess

Having worked both in education as a teacher, and in industry as a developer of certifications, I understand the prevalence of multiple-choice tests. They are easy to administer and grade without the specter of subjectivity.  But it is not simple … Continue reading

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What exactly are we testing?

The two big criteria for judging tests are reliability and validity. Reliability refers to the consistency of the test results each time it is given. For example, psychometric tests attempt to gain a picture of a person’s more permanent personality … Continue reading

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The schizophrenic approach to testing

One of the major difficulties using standardized testing in school is our “schizophrenic” approach to the subject. Is the purpose of testing to ensure that the students is ready to go to the next level? Is it to see if … Continue reading

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Testing the teachers

One of the major challenges in education is preparing new teachers. New ideas for teacher education are constantly being thrown about. But how do we really know what works? Check out research and you will find that the best predictor … Continue reading

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